Drink driver on home detention
Wiremu Parata’s criminal history caught up with him last Tuesday after he was convicted of drink driving for the third time.
Parata appeared in Porirua District Court after he was caught the previous week driving in Waitangirua at twice the legal breath alcohol limit.
The breath screening test conducted by police gave a reading of 561 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. The legal limit is 250.
The court was told about several other occasions when Parata had been caught driving while over the limit and driving while disqualified.
Before Tuesday, Parata’s most recent court appearance was in 2014.
Judge John Walker said he did not take the case lightly and that Parata made it worse for himself by driving while disqualified.
Walker convicted and sentenced Parata to six months’ home detention and 100 hours’ community service, and ordered him to attend a drink driving programme. He was disqualified indefinitely from driving.