New Year drink driver banned
A 34-year-old man has been banned from the roads for 18 months for drinking and driving after a traffic stop in the early hours of New Year’s Day.
Daniel Joell, of Smith’s, was stopped by police on Angle Street, Hamilton, after disobeying a traffic sign at about 2.20am on January 1.
Police reported that Joell’s eyes were glazed when he was stopped.
Asked if he had been drinking, he responded: “I had three Amstels in the can.”
The lower of two breath samples collected showed he had 194 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood — the legal limit is 80mg.
Joell told court: “I apologise for my actions. It won’t happen again.”
Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo fined him $1,200 for providing a breath sample above the legal limit and disqualified him from operating all vehicles for 18 months.
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