Helped the driver, got arrested

Home detention for 11th drink-driving and 25th driving while disqualified offences

Home detention for 11th drink-driving and 25th driving while disqualified offences

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A man caught drink-driving for the 11th time and driving while disqualified for the 25th time, said he was trying to help a woman who had panicked after taking her car the wrong way up a one-way street.

Thomas David Tumataroa pleaded guilty to drink-driving and driving while disqualified — third or subsequent offences — two breaches of bail and a breach of release conditions.

Judge Charles Blackie imposed nine months home detention with six months post-detention conditions, 40 hours community work and a 13-month driving ban.

The judge said the sentence would have been 18 months imprisonment were it not for the persuasive submissions of counsel Stephen Taylor.

Mr Taylor conceded Tumataroa had a long history of similar offending but it was usually accompanied by bad driving. It was not the case this time.

All Tumataroa’s recent sentences had been imprisonment and always without leave to apply for home detention. That clearly was not working, Mr Taylor said.

The judge noted Tumataroa had not been without chances from the court. Previously- imposed sentences had included supervision, intensive supervision and release conditions.

Mr Taylor said home detention offered greater rehabilitative aspects. Tumataroa could engage with programmes and would have whanau support.

In custody since early May, Tumataroa had had a radical change of attitude and was willing to comply with programmes he had previously breached as a younger offender, Mr Taylor said.

Mr Tumataroa’s driving offences on this occasion were lower end and had probably only come to police attention because of the commotion the woman caused when she could not get out of her predicament, he said.

Tumataroa took over behind the wheel and reversed the vehicle for her.

A man caught drink-driving for the 11th time and driving while disqualified for the 25th time, said he was trying to help a woman who had panicked after taking her car the wrong way up a one-way street.

Thomas David Tumataroa pleaded guilty to drink-driving and driving while disqualified — third or subsequent offences — two breaches of bail and a breach of release conditions.

Judge Charles Blackie imposed nine months home detention with six months post-detention conditions, 40 hours community work and a 13-month driving ban.

The judge said the sentence would have been 18 months imprisonment were it not for the persuasive submissions of counsel Stephen Taylor.

Mr Taylor conceded Tumataroa had a long history of similar offending but it was usually accompanied by bad driving. It was not the case this time.

All Tumataroa’s recent sentences had been imprisonment and always without leave to apply for home detention. That clearly was not working, Mr Taylor said.

The judge noted Tumataroa had not been without chances from the court. Previously- imposed sentences had included supervision, intensive supervision and release conditions.

Mr Taylor said home detention offered greater rehabilitative aspects. Tumataroa could engage with programmes and would have whanau support.

In custody since early May, Tumataroa had had a radical change of attitude and was willing to comply with programmes he had previously breached as a younger offender, Mr Taylor said.

Mr Tumataroa’s driving offences on this occasion were lower end and had probably only come to police attention because of the commotion the woman caused when she could not get out of her predicament, he said.

Tumataroa took over behind the wheel and reversed the vehicle for her.

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