Prison terms for repeat drink-driving offences

Three repeat drink-drivers were jailed when they appeared in the Hawera District Court this week.

Leith Eric Williams, 38, spray painter, appeared for sentence on one charge of driving while disqualified and one charge of drink-driving, registering 1051 micrograms per litre of breath. The legal limit is 400mcg.

Williams had been indefinitely disqualified from driving since July 2012, when he appeared in the Porirua District Court.

The defendant was convicted of drink-driving in 1996, 2011 and 2012, with all readings in excess of 1000mcg.

Judge Allan Roberts jailed Williams for 4 months on the drink-drive charge and for one month on the driving while disqualified charge, to be served concurrently.

Gloria Awhina Tehuia, 28, from Hawera, appeared for sentence after pleading guilty to drink-driving, driving while forbidden and providing false details during a court appearance in January. She returned a result of 1042mcg when stopped on Little Regent St in Hawera on December 20.

The judge said Tehuia had been grossly intoxicated at the time of the offending and rejected her claim that she did not have a problem with alcohol.

The judge said her previous convictions for drink-driving in 2005 and 2007 and other convictions for driving while forbidden and driving while disqualified were also a concern. Both of her previous drink-drive readings were in excess of 800mcg.

Tehuia was jailed for three months and disqualified from driving for one year and one day. A special release condition to attend alcohol counselling and treatment was also imposed.

Anthony Charles Tahau, 30, was convicted for his third drink-driving charge within four years.

Tahau was arrested at about 11.30pm on December 27 on Ketemarae Rd in Normanby. He was observed by police driving on the wrong side of the road for a period of time before he was pulled over. He was breath-tested and returned a result of 862mcg.

The judge said the defendant had previous convictions in May 2010 and August 2011 for drink-driving. His 2010 reading was 606mcg and in 2011 it was 767mcg.

Tahau was sentenced to three months imprisonment and indefinitely disqualified from driving.

Taranaki Daily News