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Realised he should have walked, not driven

Raniera Waata Zane Hooper faced a charge of driving with excess breath-alcohol (909mcg).

Counsel Mark Sceats told Gisborne District Court Hooper had been taking his mokopuna away from their parents who were fighting.

Mr Sceats said Hooper realised that he should have walked rather than driven.

Hooper was in fulltime employment, and a sentence of community detention along with supervision would be suitable.

Judge Warren Cathcart said It was the third instance of such offending by Hooper, and in aggravated form. Next time offending of this sort would warrant a greater penalty, either home detention or a term of imprisonment.

An agreed summary of facts said on January 4 police officers stopped Hooper. He was exhibiting drunken behaviour so they took a breath-alcohol reading. He told them that he had to get his mokos away.

The judge set a start point of seven months imprisonment, which was converted to three months community detention and six months supervision.

Hooper was disqualified from driving for a year and a day.