Jerome Dehar’s breath alcohol level was so high the first time drink driving offender has been ordered to have an alcohol interlock device installed on his vehicle.
A first-time drink driver’s breath alcohol level was so high he has been ordered to have an alcohol interlock device installed in his vehicle.
Jerome Dehar, 24, labourer, of Hinds, appeared before Judge Joanna Maze in the Timaru District Court on Tuesday, charged with driving with a breath alcohol level over 400 micrograms (mcg) per litre of breath.
Senior Sergeant Ian Howard, of Timaru, said in the summary of facts¬†Dehar was apprehended driving towards Winchester – about 36 kilometres south of Hinds –¬†along State Highway 1¬†about 11pm on August 11.¬†Dehar¬†blew 810mcg,¬†more than three times the legal limit which is 250mcg.
Defence lawyer Douglas Brown said Dehar¬†had been drinking at a friend’s house and had no intention of leaving, but an argument saw his plans change.
“Rather than sleep in his van he made the stupid decision to drive,” Brown said.
There was no additional driving fault, he said.
Dehar was convicted and disqualified from driving for 28 days –¬†after which he would need to apply for an¬†alcohol interlock device, priced between $2400 and $2800.
In time, Dehar would be eligible for a¬†zero alcohol licence, Judge Maze¬†said.
“If you ever are to drive again, you have to go through that process. Your days of having a regular licence are over.”
Convicted drink drivers must breathe into the alcohol interlock device attached to their car in order to start the engine.¬†The sentence became mandatory on July 1, 2018,¬†for those convicted of two or more drink driving offences within five years, as well as for first-time offenders driving at more than 3.2 times the legal limit.