New Plymouth man Riki James Fraser will leave the country in the knowledge that if he is caught drink-driving in New Zealand again he goes to jail.
Fraser, 20, flies out to work in Australia this week but not before being ordered to pay $1000 after being caught last month driving with an alcohol level more than twice the legal limit.
It was his second drink driving charge in 18 months, the New Plymouth District Court heard yesterday.
Judge Allan Roberts said Fraser blew 823mcg.
For his first conviction, when he was fined $700, Fraser had a level close to 700mcg and would have been made aware how serious his offending was.
The legal limit is 400mcg.
"Next time you get caught drinking and driving in New Zealand you go to jail," the judge said.
If the $1000 fine and court costs were not paid in full by late yesterday Fraser would be resentenced, the judge warned.
Fraser was disqualified from driving for 12 months.
- Taranaki Daily News
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