No recollection of car crash


An Arrowtown woman was almost five times over the legal booze limit when she wrote off her car at swanky Millbrook Resort in January.

The 41-year-old’s been granted interim name suppression until her sentencing, next month, on “extreme hardship” grounds, based on the “negative impact [to] her mental health”.

But in Queenstown’s court on Monday, Judge John Strettell said her lawyer, Kirsty Allen, will need to file reports to support final name suppression being granted.

Strettell heard on January 31 the woman was driving on Orchard Hill Road, within Millbrook, about 9pm.

Several pedestrians and cyclists were in the area.

She drove over a small hill, turned left at a side street, did a U-turn and headed back the way she’d just come “gesturing profanities at pedestrians on the way”.

She U-turned again, veered hard left, and her vehicle mounted a grassy embankment and hit a stone wall.

It then flipped two or three times along the paved road, ending up in a hedge.

Witnesses went to her aid and noticed she smelt of alcohol.

The woman was taken to Lakes District Hospital and treated for concussion – her car was totalled.

A blood test gave a reading of 236mg – the legal limit’s 50mg.

She told police at the time she was too upset to go home and couldn’t recall the crash.

Other drink-driving convictions

  •  Anthony Michael Arscott, 59, stock agent, of Wanaka, drink-driving, 460mcg (fifth conviction), Plantation Rd, Wanaka, March 5, fined $1750, 15-month driving ban from June 1.
  • George Erland Harding, 27, of the UK, living in Frankton, vinyl floor layer, drink-driving, 1056mcg, Yewlett Crescent, May 10, fined $1050, 28-day disqualification, alcohol interlock ordered.