A supportive family and employer have helped save a Queenstown man from going to prison after he received his fourth conviction for drink-driving on Monday.
Caleb John Forbes-Brown’s explanation for drink-driving and driving while disqualified on Man St on September 15 last year was he “thought he was OK to drive”.
The 23-year-old apprentice scaffolder, who blew 752mcg, was indefinitely disqualified from driving at the time.
Judge Bernadette Farnan it was the sixth or seventh time she had heard the “OK to drive” explanation in Queenstown’s District Court that day.
She also sentenced him on a charge of intentionally damaging a glass door in the resort on October 29, an offence committed while on bail for the driving offences.
Farnan said the fact he could not remember the intentional damage incident “confirms the challenges you have with alcohol”.
She told him he was lucky to have a supportive mother and stepfather, and an employer who “thought well” of him.
“If you keep driving while disqualified and keep drink-driving, you will go to jail.”
On the drink-driving charge, he was convicted and sentenced to 12 months’ intensive supervision with conditions.
He will be on community detention for six months, and must observe a daily curfew between 7.30pm and 5.30am.
He is also indefinitely disqualified from driving.
For driving while disqualified, he was convicted and sentenced to 80 hours’ community work and disqualified from driving for nine months (concurrent).
For the intentional damage charge he was convicted and sentenced to 80 hours’ community work (concurrent) and ordered to pay $392.50 reparation to the glass door’s owner, Trojan Holdings Ltd.
Mackenzie Allan Haugh, 22, of Dunedin, 1097mcg, Camp St, October 28, 12 months’ supervision, 250 hours’ community work, disqualified indefinitely.
Bruce Stewart Cameron, 63, Queenstown bus driver of Alexandra, 799mcg, November 27, refusing breath and blood test, December 22, 12 months’ supervision, 18-month driving ban, must complete 100 hours’ community work.
George Sailosi Tiko, 33, bartender, of Fiji, living in Frankton, 577mcg, Frankton Rd, December 22, fined $700, six-month ban.
John Michael Sturgess, 29, gib stopper of Queenstown, 558mcg, Lake Esplanade, January 13, fined $700, six-month ban.
Jonathan James Millar, 20, builder of Queenstown, 518mcg, Yewlett Crescent, December 19, fined $650, six-month ban.
Rajesh Basnet, 25, supervisor of Queenstown, 95mg in blood, Camp St, December 24, fined $500, $227.20 medical expenses, six-month ban.
Nicholas Brent Naylor, 42, farm worker of Cattle Flat Station, 1090mcg, Mt Aspiring Rd, Wanaka, December 2, six months’ supervision, fined $1000, 10-month ban.