Birthday boy pros­e­cuted

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

It has to be one of the worst ex­pla­na­tions drink-driv­ing, ever.

Mata­mata man Michael John Howse, 21, ap­peared in Mor­rinsville District Court on a charge of ex­cess breath al­co­hol, one of the most com­mon crimes seen be­fore the court. How­ever his ex­cuse for do­ing it was any­thing but.

‘‘It’s my 21st party and I just got in my car and drove around the block. I had a yard glass about 30 min­utes ago,’’ Howse told the of­fi­cer who stopped him on Barnard Rd.

A yard glass, a tall, thin 1.4-litre beer glass with a bul­bous bot­tom, is usu­ally drunk by peo­ple on their 21st. It is seen as a rite of pas­sage; usu­ally fol­lowed by vom­it­ing rather than a joy ride.

Howse, who had not pre­vi­ously ap­peared be­fore the court, blew 550 – nearly one-and-a-half times the le­gal limit.

He was fined and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing but Mor­rinsville District Court re­fused to say what the ex­tent of the penalty was.

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