Hun­gry driver over limit

Kapi-Mana News - - COURT -

The munchies got the bet­ter of a Porirua man caught by po­lice driv­ing drunk on his way to McDon­ald’s.

Ni­cholas John McLaren, 29, pleaded guilty in Porirua Dis­trict Court last Tues­day to driv­ing while four times over the legal blood al­co­hol limit.

The court heard that McLaren drove his mother’s car to McDon­ald’s in Kenepuru Drive on De­cem­ber 20.

A mem­ber of the public called po­lice af­ter con­cerns that he was driv­ing while in­tox­i­cated.

When po­lice stopped McLaren a breath screen­ing test in­di­cated more than 400 mi­cro­grams per litre of breath and a blood test showed 206 mil­ligrams of al­co­hol per millil­itres of blood. The legal blood al­co­hol limit is 50.

McLaren told po­lice he was drop­ping off his friends af­ter drink­ing at a lo­cal pub and had con­sid­ered tak­ing the cour­tesy van home, but changed his mind.

Judge Jan Kelly said it was a very high rat­ing. She con­victed and sen­tenced McLaren to six months’ com­mu­nity detention and six months’ su­per­vi­sion, and or­dered him to pay the am­bu­lance fee of $109.25 and other costs of $188.

McLaren was dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing or hold­ing a li­cence un­til fur­ther no­tice. It was his third drink-driv­ing con­vic­tion.

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