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A man who drove off the road, through a fence, and into a pad­dock af­ter a night out drink­ing in Motueka was three times the le­gal limit. Corey McCabe, 26, ap­peared for sen­tenc­ing in the Nel­son District Court on Mon­day on charges of care­less driv­ing and ex­cess breath al­co­hol. A po­lice sum­mary of facts said McCabe had been driv­ing along Motueka River West­bank Rd about 10pm on Fri­day, March 16. He’d been drink­ing in Motueka and "thought he could make it home safe", but drove off the sealed road and into a pad­dock. He was not in­jured but the car was writ­ten off. Breath tests found him to have 856 mi­cro­grams of al­co­hol per litre of breath – more than three times the le­gal limit of 250mcg. Judge David Ruth sen­tenced McCabe to 80 hours’ com­mu­nity work and dis­qual­i­fied him from driv­ing for six months – to be­gin once his ex­ist­ing pe­riod of dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion ends.

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