Repeat drink driver is sent to prison

Saturday June 13, 2020 Written by Published in Crime

Three strikes and you are out – that was the call from the police prosecutor.

A 32-year-old solo father has been sentenced to three months’ imprisonment, after being caught drink-driving again.

Senior sergeant Fairoa Tararo said Jack Charlie was already disqualified from driving when he was again charged for excess breath alcohol.

Charlie was driving a motorcycle when he was stopped by police on April 4 at Matavera, he told Justice of the Peace Carmen Temata.

Police suspected he had been consuming alcohol and a breath test showed the massive reading of 770mcg. That same day, police further charged him for driving while disqualified.

Charlie had previously been convicted of drink-driving in 2018, and again in January this year.

Sgt Tararo recommended that Charlie serve a short-term imprisonment.

JP Temata said Charlie had a steady job, expressed remorse and apologised to the court but the Probation Services report showed that the accused did not take the case seriously.

JP Temata said his offence was a threat to other road users and both prosecution and probation agreed to a custodial sentence.

Charlie was sentenced to three months imprisonment and upon his release he will be under the supervision of Probation Services for 12-months, with the order not to consume or purchase alcohol, not to enter any liquor license premises and not to leave Rarotonga without the approval of the High Court.

JP Temata further cautioned Tararo that if he were to reoffend again he would be serving a longer custodial term.

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