Trial set for drink-driver's passenger

Ten witnesses will be called in the case against an Opawa man facing a charge of allowing a drunk man to drive his car.

The drunk driver, 18-year-old Tarrin Kayne Alderson, died after crashing into a power pole in Flaxton Rd, Rangiora on May 25 last year.

Opawa man Benjamin Peter Beazley, 22, denies the charge of abetting Alderson by allowing him to drive when he was so under the influence of drink that he was incapable of having proper control of the vehicle.

A Christchurch District Court registrar today set April 26 for the full-day hearing before a judge alone.

Police allege Beazley was a passenger in the car which crashed after veering onto the grass shoulder and over-correcting and going into a spin.

Beazley was wearing a seatbelt; Alderson was not.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jeff Kay said the police would call 10 witnesses and the hearing would take a full day.

The Press