Drink-drivers banned from roads

Three people admitted to drink driving in Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Justin Durrant, 24, pleaded guilty to refusal to provide a breath sample to police.

The court heard that Durrant was stopped by police on South Road near Botanical Gardens on July 7 at about 4am.

Police said that Durrant was riding in an “erratic manner” and that he crossed the centre line of the road several times.

Durrant, from Smith’s, stumbled as he got off his motorcycle and was told to sit on a wall in case he fell over.

Officers questioned him and asked if he had been drinking.

Durrant told them: “I don’t know. Maybe.”

He later refused to provide breath samples to police for analysis.

Magistrate Maxanne Anderson adjourned the case until August 27.

The other two incidents happened on June 14.

Malcolm Johnston, 34, pleaded guilty to refusing to provide a breath sample to police.

Johnston’s car was stopped at a breath checkpoint on Crow Lane outside Hamilton at about 11.35pm.

Johnston, from Warwick, told police that he had “one drink” about 30 minutes earlier, but refused to provide a breath sample.

The court heard that Johnston was convicted of drink-driving charges last year.

Johnston told Ms Anderson that he was prepared to attend the Driving Under the Influence Court.

Anderson suspended a $2,500 fine and banned Johnston from the roads for three years.

Caitland Outerbridge, 25, pleaded guilty to having a blood-alcohol level 52 milligrams above the legal limit.

Outerbridge, from Pembroke, was stopped by police at about 11.45pm after she failed to stop for a breath checkpoint on Crow Lane.

She said that she had drank “two or three” beers.

A breath test showed that she had 132 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80/100.

Outerbridge was fined $1,500 and banned from the road for 18 months.

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