Tauranga man, who was fined $10,000 after a police chase in the city, will be sentenced in December after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated.RTE reporter Jonathan Lopatlo says the 35-year-old, who cannot be named, was stopped by police in his car on the M1 near the River Taurunga in the suburb of Taurangea on November 15.
He admitted the offence and received a $10 penalty notice.
However, the court heard the driver was travelling under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
Taurangaham Police Superintendent Ian Karpalas said the officer had not seen the licence plate number of the vehicle when he pulled the driver over.
He said the incident occurred when the driver failed to take the prescribed alcohol test and was charged with careless driving.
He also said the man was fined for driving while disqualified.
Mr Karpas said he did not know the identity of the man and the vehicle involved but said the fine was paid.
Tougher penalties for drivers caught driving while under the control of drugs or alcoholIn March 2018, a man was arrested and charged with driving while impaired after he was stopped on the A380 near Port Augusta in South Australia.
The man, identified as Steven Mathers, from New South Wales, pleaded guilty to the offence in the ACT Magistrates Court and was fined a $200 penalty.
Mr Mather said he was driving a vehicle that was registered in New South and had a valid licence plate.
In March 2019, a 24-year old woman was also arrested in the same area.
She was charged after a number of passengers in a vehicle were given the sobriety test.
In September 2019, police in South Australian also arrested a driver after they noticed he had been drinking and driving on the highway in the state’s south.
The driver pleaded guilty and was handed a $1000 fine.
The offences are not considered serious and the woman was not charged.
The charges are similar to the charge of failing to drive safely and were brought under the Liquor Act, but it is illegal to drink and drive.