Home detention for nine-time drink-driver

Car-front-blueA Woodend man has been given a home detention sentence for his ninth drink-driving conviction, but he has lost his licence and his car.

Joshua Steve Middleton, 43, told police when he was stopped and breath-tested in Woodend on April 6 that he thought he was fine to drive as he only had seven to eight beers.

He had a reading of 955mcg of alcohol to a litre of breath. The legal limit is 400mcg.

His car was confiscated when he pleaded guilty to the charge before Judge Tony Zohrab in May. The judge said he was taking the car for the protection of the public.

He remanded Middleton on bail for sentencing in the Rangiora District Court, sitting at Christchurch today, when Judge Phillip Moran imposed 12 months’ disqualification from driving and six months of home detention.

Middleton will have to apply for a zero-alcohol licence when his disqualification ends, before he can legally drive again.

Middleton also has six previous convictions for driving while disqualified, a reckless driving causing injury charge in 2010, and a charge of failing to stop for the police.

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