American actor Chris Pine leaves the Ashburton District
Court. (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)
Hollywood star Chris Pine told police he had drunk four
vodkas when he failed a drink-drive test, a court has been
Pine, 33, pleaded guilty when he appeared in Ashburton
District Court this morning.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Mike Wingfield told the court Pine
was caught driving with 113 milligrams of alcohol per 100
millilitres of blood early on March 1 at a checkpoint in
Pine claimed he had consumed four vodkas.
The legal limit for adult drivers in New Zealand is 80
micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.
Pine had been in the district for the filming of his latest
movie Z for Zachariah, and had just left a party at the Blue
Pub in Methven.
Ashburton lawyer Marilyn Gilchrist, who represented Pine,
asked for a discharge without conviction.
Despite all the international interest, a conviction would
outweigh the gravity of the offence, she said.
She pointed to the difficulties he would have entering Canada
with visa restrictions.
Judge Joanna Maze acknowledged Pine had made a considerable
donation to Cure Kids, and his previous good record.
"This issue of a visa will be a complication, but you're no
different to other people who may wish to travel to Canada,
"Judge Maze said
Convicted and ordered to pay $93 in reparation for the cost
of blood tests. He was also disqualified from driving for six
No fine was imposed because he had already made a donation to
Cure Kids which was approximately four times the likely fine.
Before Pine appeared Judge Maze heard applications from media
to determine who would be allowed in the court room.
Ms Gilchrist argued said the overwhelming interest in the
matter was salacious and sensational and the public needed to
know only the outcome of the hearing.
Media in the gallery were warned about breaching instructions
on the use of electronic equipment.