Apologetic drink-driver pleads guilty

June 13, 2016 | By More

Court House-Sept-2013-08A Christchurch man who published his apology for drink-driving has now pleaded guilty to the charge – his fourth conviction for being over the limit.

Christchurch District Court Judge Jane Farish said Bay Haika’s level was high and remanded him on bail for sentencing on August 23.

She told the 55-year-old that she was remanding him for a pre-sentence report that will cover his suitability for a term of home or community detention.

After being arrested on December 18, Haika had his public apology printed in The Press newspaper.

He wrote: “I would like to apologise to the wider communities out there for driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. It’s just not worth it!! The harm you can cause to others and your own family/partners, to maim and/or worse cause death, whilst doing a stupid action for an extra celebration drink or two. I am sincerely sorry for my actions.”

The gloss was taken off the public apology when Haika pleaded not guilty to the charge and was remanded to a case review hearing last week. That hearing was not held and the case was sent to a list session today where Haika vacated his not guilty plea and admitted the charge.

Police said he was driving about 9pm on December 18 on Fitzgerald Avenue. He was stopped because of erratic driving and a test then showed 1013mcg of alcohol to a litre of breath. The legal limit is 250mcg.

He told police he had drunk two jugs during the evening.

Defence counsel Kerry Cook said Haika had already taken some steps to address the issue of alcohol.

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