Tourist con­victed on two driv­ing charges

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An in­ter­na­tional tourist faced an emo­tional end to her New Zealand hol­i­day af­ter she was con­victed of drink driv­ing and care­less driv­ing.

Eva Dla­balova ap­peared in Porirua Dis­trict Court last Tues­day af­ter an in­ci­dent in which she crashed a bor­rowed car into a parked car and traf­fic is­land in Main Rd, Ti­tahi Bay.

Dla­balova was taken to hos­pi­tal with mi­nor in­juries and a blood test found her to have a blood al­co­hol read­ing of 212 mil­ligrams of al­co­hol per 100 millil­itres of blood. The legal limit is 50.

The court was told that Dla­balova had been known to abuse al­co­hol in the past, but had been clear of it for three months be­fore the in­ci­dent.

De­spite that, Judge John Walker said the level was very high and was one rea­son her no con­vic­tion ap­pli­ca­tion was de­nied.

The judge said he was par­tic­u­larly glad no-one else was in­jured be­cause it was a mod­er­ately se­ri­ous drink driv­ing case.

Dla­balova had been in New Zealand for sev­eral months and did not have res­i­dency.

She is sched­uled to leave within the next few weeks, when her visa ex­pires.

Walker said she had in­di­cated she wanted to re­turn, but she feared a con­vic­tion would pre­vent her.

Dla­balova was or­dered to pay $1078.99 to cover the dam­aged ve­hi­cles and $109.25 repa­ra­tion for other costs.

She was also dis­qual­i­fied for driv­ing for six months.

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