Drink-driving disasters for to local lads

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A drink-driving Queenstown bouncer who crashed his car seriously injuring his girlfriend has been sentenced to home detention. 

Christopher Philip Duffield, 25, pleaded guilty to drink-driving causing injury. 

Duffield must do three months’ home detention, 125 hours’ community work and pay more than $3500 in reparations and medical fees. 

Judge Kevin Phillips says Duffield’s partner broke her pelvis, a lower vertebra and left knee – plus fractured eight ribs. 

Duffield also sustained a chest injury in the June 21 accident, after losing control of his car while driving along Frankton Road. It crashed through a fence, rolling down a steep embankment. 

“It is only luck that someone wasn’t killed,” Judge Phillips says. 

“You were actually at home and decided to drive into town to get something to eat.” 

Duffield’s blood alcohol level was 135milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. The limit is 80. 

Judge Phillips gave him nine months in prison – but considered him suitable for home detention and imposed three months. 

Duffield was disqualified from driving for a year and one month – and must pay $600 to the owner of the fence, $166.47 to police for medical fees and $3118.23 to Queenstown District Council, for removal and repairs. 

Duffield is allowed to continue work as a doorman at Cowboys Bar on Searle Lane. 

Birthday drink-driving
Meanwhile, a Queenstown man racked up his third drink drive conviction a day after his 22nd birthday.
 
Plasterer Christopher Rhys McGregor, 22, was sentenced to four months’ community detention, 125 hours’ community work, nine months’ supervision and disqualified from driving for 10 months. 

A third drink-drive conviction can end in imprisonment but McGregor’s two previous convictions were at youth level (under 20). 

Judge Kevin Phillips, sentencing, says McGregor was found asleep at the wheel of his car in a Queenstown car park on August 15. 

McGregor attempted to drive but was unable to get past the barrier and fell asleep – his car had rolled back and collided with a concrete wall.
 
“It shows an appalling attitude,” Judge Phillips says. 

“You are a man who has a major issue with alcohol. This is your seventh conviction for serious offending in five years.”
McGregor’s breath alcohol level was 548micrograms per litre of breath. The legal limit is 400mcg. 

McGregor’s lawyer Tim Cadogan says the promising karate teacher recognised he was at a crossroads. 

McGregor must remain at home between 8.30pm and 7am, seven days a week. 

“You’ve avoided prison by a short margin, a very short margin,” Judge Phillips says.