A project manager blew 1225mcg after police caught him driving through a stop sign in New Plymouth in the early hours.
It was Ali Reza Ajodani's fourth conviction for drink-driving.
The 29-year-old only avoided jail because it was eight years since his previous offence, Judge Louis Bidois said in the New Plymouth District Court yesterday.
"When you are 1200mcg, you know you're drunk," the judge said.
Ajodani was also getting help for his alcohol problems and had been abstinent since the latest offence.
Ajodani was sentenced to four months community detention coupled with 240 hours community work, nine months supervision and disqualified from driving for two years.
Judge Bidois told him he should never drink and drive again or he would be jailed. A man who supplied a 14-year-old girl with alcohol before having sex with her has been sentenced to 25 months jail.
Former Christchurch man Joshua Terangikauhou Hoskings was 23 when he took advantage of the drunk teenager at his home two years ago.
Hoskings had earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual connection with a young person aged 14.
At the time of the offence, Hoskings' best friend was the girl's mother and she had trusted him to care for her daughter, the court heard.
Defence counsel Julian Hannam asked for a deduction on a 3-year jail sentence for the early guilty plea, letter of apology to the girl, and Hoskings taking responsibility for his problem drinking.
He had been attending alcohol and drug counselling, Mr Hannam said.
Judge Bidois told Hoskings he took advantage of a young girl, whom he thought of as his sister, after plying her with alcohol then having sexual intercourse with her.
"You were the only activator of this offending," the judge said.
Hoskings, classed as a high risk of reoffending, lacked insight into what he had done and tried to minimise what had occurred, the judge said.
Hoskings' sentence of 25 months jail made him ineligible for home detention. He was given a first strike warning. Jaydin Walden, 19, will spend Christmas and New Year under house arrest after attacking and robbing a young man. Walden punched his victim at 2.50am near Cook St, New Plymouth, ripping his backpack off him and demanding his T-shirt and hoodie.
Judge Bidois said such street robberies made him angry.
"And what did you get out of it?" he asked Walden.
Walden's lawyer, Mr Hannam, asked for home detention because of Walden's young age and because he was getting help for his alcohol problems.
Walden was sentenced to four months home detention and community work and his fines were remitted.
He was given a first-strike warning.
"Home detention is a hard sentence," the judge warned Walden, telling him it would stretch through both Christmas and New Year.
He should comply and not give in to the temptation of taking alcohol or cannabis from his mates or he would be jailed.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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