Taking off at speed from a police drink-drive stop has resulted in a six-month jail sentence for a man with numerous driving convictions.
Bronson Jay White, 24, admitted recklessly operating a motor vehicle, driving while disqualified, failing to stop and excess blood alcohol about midnight on July 20 in Smart Rd, the New Plymouth District Court was told yesterday.
White was driving a Nissan with three passengers on board when stopped at an alcohol checkpoint. He tested positive for alcohol but instead of accompanying the police officer for further testing, he sped off.
He was chased by police, and drove on the wrong side of the road cutting corners at speed and reaching 130kmh before he stopped at the intersection of Smart and Dorset roads. He was arrested and a blood sample returned 87 milligrams of alcohol per 100ml of blood. The limit is 80 milligrams.
White's lawyer asked for a sentence of home detention to allow him to care for his daughter.
However, Judge Allan Roberts said White had accumulated seven previous convictions, all of which were driving offences.
"Your driving was nothing short of appalling."
White was sentenced to six months prison and indefinitely disqualified from driving. He is to have alcohol and drug treatment after he is released.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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