Birthday boy prosecuted
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.