Tourist convicted on two driving charges
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.