A Tauranga man who lost his arm when he drunkenly crashed his car into a power pole could be facing a jail term, says the judge deciding the case.
Russel Burt, 41, pleaded guilty in the Tauranga District Court yesterday to driving with excess breath alcohol, careless driving, and driving while disqualified, SunLive reported.
Burt was driving his stationwagon from a family home when he lost control coming around a bend, and crashed into a power pole on July 4.
Burt had been drinking when he got into the car, and drove at speed before crashing.
Blood analysis from Tauranga Hospital showed he had been driving with 113 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80mg alcohol per 100ml of blood.
Burt's lawyer, Wharetaka Hika, asked for his client to be released on bail so he could continue with medical treatment for his arm.
Judge Robert Wolff denied the bail application, SunLive reported.
"I am sorry for what has happened to you in the accident but I need to protect the community and send a clear message to drink-drivers," the judge said.
"I see a prison sentence as almost inevitable."
Judge Wolff remanded Burt in custody until his sentencing on October 14.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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