A man convicted for his seventh drink-driving offence has
been told to ''sort out'' his issues with alcohol before he
Judge Dominic Flatley told Jason Noel Scott (30), of Dunedin,
in the Dunedin District Court yesterday, if he failed to
address his issue with alcohol, he would go to prison again.
''You have one shot and one shot only.''
Scott had six previous convictions before his sentence
yesterday for driving with excess breath-alcohol (third or
subsequent charge) and careless driving after he lost control
of a Mazda on State Highway 8, Cromwell Gorge, on May 4 and
hit a crash barrier.
The vehicle had no warrant of fitness and was unlicensed and
Scott recorded 512mcg of alcohol per litre of breath (the
legal limit is 400mcg).
Counsel for the defendant, Bernadette Turner, said Scott had
confirmation of a place in a six-week residential treatment
course in Christchurch, starting on Monday.
Judge Flatley said Scott was last before the court in 2009
and had been sentenced to prison twice, once in 2005 for six
months and again in 2009 for seven months, but jail had not
had the ''desired effect''.
''You are a young man and you need to change your ways.''
He was prepared to give him ''a shot'' but if Scott did not
change and take the opportunity to deal with his alcohol
issues, he would be back before the courts.
His sentence would be judicially monitored, with a progress
report going to Judge Flatley every three months.
There were serious consequences to not succeeding, Judge
''You could very easily have an accident and kill someone,
ruining someone's life and the lives of their family and also
''You need to sort this out, but if you fail you will go to
Scott was sentenced to 15 months' intensive supervision and
250 hours' community work, suspended for eight weeks. He was
also disqualified from driving or holding a licence for two
years and ordered to pay reparation of $849.