A man whose middle name is Wheels is off the road for six months after driving drunk and slamming his car into a power pole.
Sergeant Steve Hickey said Wetini Wheels Weston left a Hawera pub on March 29 and got behind the wheel of his car.
As Weston drove along Waihi Rd towards Normanby, he lost control of his car and hit a power pole at speed, Hickey said.
The force of the impact knocked the pole over so it blocked the road, Hickey said.
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Weston was later breath-tested by police and returned a result of 604 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. The legal driving limit is 250mcg.
Hickey said reparation of $11,383.61 was sought in connection with the damaged pole.
Weston appeared in the Hawera District Court on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to charges of careless driving and drink driving.
Duty lawyer Jo Woodcock said the reparation sum was “excessive” and the 23-year-old was not in a position to pay.
She said he was a student, was currently on work experience, and therefore had no income.
Due to his financial situation, Woodcock said Weston preferred to be sentenced to community work.
Judge Chris Sygrove accepted Woodcock’s submission about the defendant’s limited means and slashed the reparation order he imposed by about two thirds.
Sygrove ordered Weston to pay $4000 at a rate of $20 a week.
The defendant will also have to complete 100 hours of community work and observe a driving disqualification of six months.