Drink-driver's passenger charged

An Opawa man faces an unusual charge of allowing a drunk driver - who was later killed in a crash at Rangiora - to drive his car.

Benjamin Peter Beazley, a 22-year-old contractor, was granted a registrar's remand ahead of his appearance at the Christchurch District Court sitting at Nga Hau e Wha marae today.

It meant he did not have to appear in court before the judge, and the registrar remanded him on bail to January 23.

Beazley is charged with abetting Tarrin Kayne Alderson, by allowing him to drive in Flaxton Rd on May 25, when he was so under the influence of drink that he was incapable of having proper control of the vehicle.

The charge results from a harder police policy in cases where they allege car owners allow drunk drivers to use cars.

Police say Beazley was a passenger in the car which 18-year-old Alderson was driving about 1.45am when the vehicle apparently veered left on to a grass shoulder, over-corrected and went into a spin, hitting a concrete power pole.

Police say Beazley was the only one wearing a seatbelt, which saved his life. Alderson died of his injuries.

The Press