Drink-driver jailed

19:56, Feb 19 2014

A 53-year-old New Plymouth man continued to drink and drive despite being under the threat of being put away.

In the New Plymouth District Court on Tuesday Ansley Ngapaki Niwa was jailed for a year after admitting his seventh and eighth drink-driving charges in September and November as well as a charge of driving while forbidden.

On the first he blew 594mcg and the second 657mcg.

The legal limit is 400mcg.

Judge Allan Roberts said Niwa had sought counselling for alcohol abuse and said he intended to cease drinking entirely.

Niwa's drinking was clearly uncontrollable because he must have known his liberty was compromised, the judge said.

"The fact is that you were undeterred when you have been previously been imprisoned and had final warnings."

In addition to jail, Niwa was disqualified from driving for 18 months, effectively an indefinite disqualification.

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