Rehab for former TV star after drink-driving charges

Rehab for former TV star after drink-driving charges

A former television star who drunkenly drove over a person on a riverbank is to complete rehab before sentencing.

The man, who has interim name suppression, was four times the legal limit when he drove along a riverside path for pedestrians and over a man's leg.

He was drinking in his car while parked illegally on the riverbank beside the Taylor River, in Blenheim, on November 19.

After getting some food from McDonalds, he drove back along the river reserve towards the Stuart St car park and ran over the leg of a man sitting on the riverbank, a police summary said.

The driver slowed down and looked over his shoulder at the man, who was lying on the ground, and then drove away.

Police found him parked about 50 metres away. He appeared to be drunk, so they took him back to the station for a blood test.

He gave a result of 204 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 50mg.

Police initially charged him with careless driving causing injury and drink-driving causing injury, but police changed it to a drink-driving charge as the injury was minor.

However, he faced another drink-driving charge, as well as a careless driving causing injury charge, in relation to a crash near Nelson.

The man was driving from Nelson to Blenheim, 10 days after the riverside incident, when he swerved over the centre line.

He was driving through unsealed roadworks with a 50kmh speed limit at Whangamoa on State Highway 6, about 8.45pm on November 29.

The man lost control on a moderate right bend and slid into the path of an oncoming truck and trailer unit.

His car hit the trailer and rebounded back into his lane, hitting a wire rope barrier and sliding along it until it came to a stop.

The car had "massive front-end damage", the summary said.

Both the man and the truck driver were injured and taken to Nelson Hospital.

The man gave a blood test result of 227mg.

He admitted all three charges at the Blenheim District Court in January, and was supposed to be sentenced on Monday.

But his lawyer Rob Harrison asked for sentencing to be remanded off for three months, so the man could complete a residential rehabilitation course before sentencing.

His attendance on Monday was excused.

Judge Bruce Davidson remanded him on bail to June 11, with a condition not to drive.

He also extended interim name suppression to that date.

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