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Drink driver banned for head on crash

A man involved in a head-on collision was fined $1,000 yesterday after he admitted drink driving.

Curtis Lee, 57, pleaded guilty to the charge in Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard that police were called to a two-vehicle collision at the junction of Verdmont Lane and Verdmont Road in Smiths on October 2.

Officers found two cars with “extensive damage” to their fronts, as well as Lee and a woman driver.

Lee told police: “I was driving around the corner and she was on my side.”

He admitted to having two beers before he got behind the wheel and was arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

Lee was taken to Hamilton Police Station and was asked to take a breath test.

The test showed that Lee had 138.4 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80mg/100ml.

Lee, from Pembroke, yesterday disputed the information that was read in court and told Magistrate Craig Attridge that he only had one beer rather than two.

But Mr Attridge said: “Your alcohol level was almost twice the legal limit – that must have been some beer.”

Mr Attridge ordered Lee to pay the fine by December 29 and banned him from the roads for 18 months.

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