A Kaiapoi man has admitted driving at more than five times the legal alcohol limit.
Nileshkumar Vallabh Patel, 34, a dairy owner, today pleaded guilty in the Rangiora District Court to drink-driving and dangerous driving.
Patel was was driving in Ohoka Rd in North Canterbury on August 16 when he drove over the centre island to the wrong side of the road, and veered towards high school children on the footpath.
He then veered left and collided head-on with a van. When police attended, they found Patel incoherent.
Patel's results showed he was more than five times the legal limit with 406 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. The limit is 80mg.
Police said at the time they believed it was the worst drink-driving level recorded in Canterbury, and possibly the second worst in New Zealand history.
Judge Oke Blaikie remanded Patel on bail to October 19 for sentence, and ordered a pre-sentence report and reparation report.
Reparation is being sought for damage to the road and road signs
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