A driver who crashed into a police Patrol Bike outside the Empire Cinema has been disqualified from driving for 12 months.
Paola Wilson appeared before Justice of the Peace
Tangi Taoro at the Criminal Court in Avarua on Thursday. He pleaded guilty to
reckless driving and driving with excess blood alcohol.
According to the summary of facts, read out in Court,
on September 25, Wilson was driving a grey Toyota Hilux after consuming several
cans of Woodstock at a nightclub. On driving away from the nightclub, he
crashed into a police patrol bike parked outside the Empire Cinema.
When questioned by police, Wilson admitted he had been
drinking. He was blood tested, and returned a reading of 233mg of alcohol per
100ml of breath, the limit is 50mg.
In sentencing Wilson, JP Taoro noted this was his
first appearance before the Court, and that he deserved some credit for the
early guilty plea.
She convicted him and ordered him to pay $200 on the
careless driving charge, and fined him $332 for the high alcohol reading. Taoro
also disqualified him from holding a driver’s licence for 12 months, and
ordered him to pay $200 in reparations and court costs for the blood test.