A drunk man caught driving in the wrong direction down a one-way street had only one response for police – “I’m guilty”.
Terence Kaka Johnnie uttered the same words in court and in doing so, earned his seventh conviction for drink driving.
Sergeant Lewis Sutton said on March 11 about 2.45am, Johnnie was driving his car on New Plymouth’s Ariki St.
However, Sutton said officers noticed there was something amiss with the 54-year-old’s skills behind the wheel.
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“The defendant was stopped because he was driving in the wrong direction down a one-way street,” Sutton said.
Police breath-tested Johnnie and he gave a reading of 620 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath, which is more than twice the legal limit of 250 mcg.
At the time he was caught behind the wheel, Johnnie was in breach of his restricted licence.
“In explanation, the defendant said ‘I’m guilty’,” Sutton said.
Johnnie pleaded guilty to a drink driving charge during his appearance in the New Plymouth District Court on Thursday.
Judge Lynne Harrison remanded him on bail to re-appear for sentencing on July 21.
She asked for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and varied the defendant’s bail to include a provision that he not drive between now and his sentencing, when a mandatory disqualification will be imposed.
Another repeat drink driver also appeared in the New Plymouth District Court on Thursday.
Frank James Walker, who has three previous convictions for driving while drunk, pleaded guilty after he was caught out on January 11.
A blood sample taken from Walker returned a result of 117 milligrams of alcohol her 100 millilitres of blood. This was more than twice the legal limit of 50mg.
Judge Harrison remanded Walker on bail to reappear for sentencing on July 21.
Police will seek costs in relation to medical fees associated with the blood test.