Well over the limit

Marlborough Express - - NEWS -

AMarl­bor­ough man has been caught drink-driv­ing with an al­co­hol level more than four times the le­gal limit. Po­lice no­ticed Jonathan Mel­lon Sorensen, 24, in his Honda re­peat­edly swerv­ing across the cen­tre line of High St in Blen­heim about 12.15am on Septem­ber 24. When pulled over, Sorensen had blood­shot eyes, smelt of al­co­hol and his speech was slurred. He gave a breath test read­ing of 1166 mi­cro­grams of al­co­hol per litre of breath. The le­gal limit is 250mcg. Sorensen told po­lice he thought he would be sober enough to drive, hav­ing had one stan­dard drink an hour since 4pm. The dairy worker of Okaramio ad­mit­ted a charge of drinkdriv­ing at the Blen­heim District Court on Mon­day. Judge Tony Zohrab said he was con­cerned by the ‘‘very, very’’ high read­ing his breath test re­turned. ‘‘Many peo­ple, if they had that amount of al­co­hol in their sys­tem, they wouldn’t be able to find their car, let alone drive it. You’re ob­vi­ously well-prac­ticed at drink­ing, or you’ve got a ge­netic pre­dis­po­si­tion.’’ He con­victed Sorensen and fined him $1200, and sen­tenced him to six months’ su­per­vi­sion with con­di­tions to un­der­take al­co­hol and drug coun­selling as di­rected by pro­ba­tion. He was also dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for nine months.

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