Driver’s al­co­hol read­ing shocks

Hawke's Bay Today - - Local News -

A judge has de­scribed a Hast­ings man as an “ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen” be­hind the wheel of a car.

Vikas Vikas, 51, ap­peared be­fore Judge Ge­off Rea in the Hast­ings Dis­trict Court on Thurs­day on dan­ger­ous driv­ing and drink driv­ing charges.

In 2018 he was caught driv­ing with an al­co­hol level of 244mg per 100ml of blood — al­most five times the le­gal limit.

“The sad­dest thing is, that read­ing is your low­est level,” Judge Rea said.

“In 2013, 322mg was just your blood level, then 289mg in 2003 and you re­fused a blood spec­i­men. How are you still alive with these read­ings?

“It’s fair to con­clude un­less you ad­dress the prob­lem, you’re go­ing to kill your­self or some­one else.

“I want to see mo­ti­va­tion. You have to do some­thing about your own con­di­tion. This ill­ness has got you com­pletely and, un­less it’s ad­dressed, we will be do­ing this again, prob­a­bly with far worse re­sults.”

De­fence coun­sel Wil­liam Hawkins said Vikas was of In­dian de­scent with lit­tle fam­ily sup­port and sug­gested a sen­tence of ei­ther home de­ten­tion or in­tense su­per­vi­sion.

Vikas’ dan­ger­ous driv­ing charge re­sulted in 12 months’ in­ten­sive su­per­vi­sion, but Judge Rea re­manded him on the drink driv­ing charge un­til April 26.

“We will see if you’re en­gag­ing with your su­per­vi­sion. If not, you will go to prison, but if you are fol­low­ing the di­rec­tions of the pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer then a sen­tence of home de­ten­tion will be the re­sult,” he said.

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