Well over the limit
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.