Otago Daily Times

Chilly bin an­tics must end: judge


- ALEXIA JOHN­STON alexia.john­ston@odt.co.nz Crime · District Court

A DISTRICT court judge has asked if drunken joyrides on mo­torised chilly bins are a Cen­tral Otago prob­lem, af­ter the se­cond case in lit­tle over a year.

Anna Lea Pil­grim (40), car groomer, of Alexandra, was the lat­est joyrider to face a charge of drink­driv­ing when she ap­peared be­fore Judge John MacDon­ald in Alexandra District Court yes­ter­day.

Birth­day cel­e­bra­tions proved her un­do­ing, the court heard.

Pil­grim was sta­tion­ary when she was spo­ken to po­lice on May 9, af­ter rid­ing a mo­torised chilly bin in the street next to the kerb in Clutha St, Alexandra.

She had driven the chilly bin with breath­al­co­hol of 894mcg and was in­stantly dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for 28 days.

The le­gal limit is 250mcg. Judge MacDon­ald was wry in his as­sess­ment of the case.

‘‘I don’t want to see any more about mo­torised chilly bins.

‘‘Is this a Cen­tral Otago prob­lem?’’

Coun­sel Me­gan McCrostie ac­knowl­edged that in nor­mal cir­cum­stances, the de­fen­dant would be con­sid­ered for an in­ter­lock li­cence.

How­ever, she asked Judge MacDon­ald to con­sider a lesser penalty due to a range of fac­tors, in­clud­ing the fact Pil­grim trav­elled less than 100 me­tres and would have trav­elled at a speed of 5kmh­10kmh.

Judge MacDon­ald took into con­sid­er­a­tion that Pil­grim had no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions and would need to drive to con­tinue her busi­ness ef­fec­tively.

He said an in­ter­lock li­cence would out­weigh the grav­ity of the of­fend­ing, but noted the level of al­co­hol was high and should not be down­played.

Pil­grim was dis­charged with­out con­vic­tion, dis­qual­i­fied for a fur­ther month and or­dered to pay a do­na­tion to a char­ity of her choice.

South­land truck driver Daniel Wil­liam Hur­ley was con­victed of sim­i­lar of­fend­ing last year. He was fined $700.

His chilly bin an­tics took place in a Cromwell car park when he had a breath­al­co­hol level of 540mcg.

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