Re­cidi­vist drink driver gets 9 months jail

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A Ti­maru man has been jailed for nine months for re­peat drinkdriv­ing of­fences.

Shane Grant Ka­vanaugh, 25, ap­peared be­fore Judge Joanna Maze in the Ti­maru Dis­trict Court on Thurs­day, hav­ing ad­mit­ted three charges of drink-driv­ing while on a zero al­co­hol li­cence, two of driv­ing while sus­pended, and one of breach­ing re­lease con­di­tions.

Ka­vanaugh blew 543 mi­cro­grams per litre of breath (mcg) when he was caught drink driv­ing on Septem­ber 2, 130mcg when stopped on Septem­ber 8, and 735mcg when stopped on Oc­to­ber 5.

‘‘Each of the charges makes the oth­ers worse,’’ Judge Maze said.

‘‘You have in­di­cated over the course of a month you were sim­ply not pre­pared to stop drink­ing and driv­ing and put­ting oth­ers at risk,’’ she said.

The de­fen­dant has pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for drink driv­ing on a zero al­co­hol li­cence from 2010, 2011, and twice in 2014.

Ka­vanaugh was con­victed and sen­tenced to nine months’ jail and 12 months’ dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion from driv­ing, af­ter which he would need Judge Maze to ap­ply for a $2000-3000 in­ter­lock li­cence.

His un­paid fines of $3500 were re­mit­ted, the judge said. ❚ A Ti­maru man has been jailed for six months af­ter punch­ing a man re­peat­edly in an at­tempt to steal his car and es­cape po­lice.

Kronn Mar­jel Church-Davis, 28, pleaded guilty to ag­gra­vated as­sault, two charges of at­tempt­ing to un­law­fully take a mo­tor ve­hi­cle, un­law­ful in­ter­fer­ence with a mo­tor ve­hi­cle, and re­sist­ing po­lice.

Church-Davis was the pas­sen­ger in a car which failed to stop for po­lice and drove into the rear of a pa­trol car on Main North Rd, Geral­dine on Au­gust 31.

Af­ter ex­it­ing the crashed car, the de­fen­dant ap­proached a Toy­ota Land Cruiser and tried to pull the driver from the car, swear­ing and yelling at him.

He and his as­so­ciate ran to­wards an­other car but find­ing the door locked, re­turned to the Toy­ota and punched the driver three to five times in the jaw with a closed first.

Church-Davis then locked him­self in a nearby po­lice car. Re­peated at­tempts were made to re­move him, and he was tack­led to the ground when he fi­nally got out.

Church-Davis, who had al­ready spent three months in cus­tody, was sen­tenced to six months’ jail. ❚ An Oa­maru man is yet to plead on charges that he dam­aged a po­lice pa­trol car, in­jur­ing an of­fi­cer in the process.

Ron­ald Ko­heku Ge­of­frey Hunt, 32, is charged with in­jur­ing with in­tent to do griev­ous bod­ily harm af­ter al­legedly dam­ag­ing a po­lice ve­hi­cle and fence while try­ing to leave the scene of an in­ci­dent po­lice had been called to, at about 12.30pm on Tues­day. The of­fi­cer was said to have suf­fered a knock to the head and whiplash in­juries.

Hunt ini­tially ap­peared in the Oa­maru Dis­trict Court on Wed­nes­day be­fore ap­pear­ing again in the Ti­maru court on Thurs­day.

Judge Maze said she was sat­is­fied with a foren­sic nurse’s find­ings that the de­fen­dant was not suf­fer­ing any ‘‘thought dis­or­der’’ and dis­played no ev­i­dence of self harm.

Hunt was re­manded on bail un­til De­cem­ber 19, when he would ap­pear in the Oa­maru court.

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