Home detention for Oamaru drink-driver

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An Oamaru woman was sentenced to home detention for drink-driving nearly four times over the legal limit.

Cheryl Patricia Bedford, 48, caregiver, of Oamaru, appeared in the Oamaru District Court yesterday on one charge of driving with an excess breath alcohol level of 1495mcg and driving in a dangerous manner on Thames Highway on October 2, 2014.

Judge Joanna Maze convicted Bedford, sentenced her to six months’ home detention and disqualified her from holding or obtaining a licence for two years.

At 3.15am on Thursday, October 2, Bedford was driving in her Mitsubishi motor vehicle on Frome St when she pulled out on to Thames Highway narrowly missing two vehicles who had to take evasive action.
She then drove across the road and began travelling along the wrong side of Thames Highway before colliding with a parked vehicle, a sign post and a rubbish bin.

The woman said she had been drinking at friends prior to the incident where she consumed two bottles of beer and an undisclosed quantity of home-made bourbon.

Defence counsel Michael de Buyzer said Bedford regretted the incident and had texted one of the witnesses to apologise for her “stupid” actions.

Judge Maze said the conviction reflected the offender’s remorse and the fact that she had started counselling.

Meanwhile, Raylene Michelle Temaiharoa, 40, of Oamaru, was also convicted, sentenced to six months’ supervision, fined $400 and disqualified from holding or obtaining a licence for nine months for driving with an excess breath alcohol level of 1263mcg on Thames Highway on November 28, 2014.