A 59-year-old South Otago man who racked up his 18th
drink-driving conviction - and his 27th for driving while
disqualified - was ''an enormous risk to the community'' and
had no right to be driving, Judge Michael Crosbie said
Gerald Peter Nelson, of Benhar, was refused bail after
admitting the two charges when he appeared in the Dunedin
District Court yesterday.
He was stopped while driving his Toyota Hilux in Union St,
Milton, just before 8pm on November 16.
His breath-alcohol reading was 935mcg - more than double the
legal limit - and he admitted having had ''a couple of
beers'', police prosecutor Tim Hambleton told the court.
Nelson was also subject to two indefinite driving bans, both
of which were still current and had been in force since 2004.
Nelson told police he knew he was unlicensed but said he had
''been to see you guys to see if I'm still disqualified - I
Counsel Noel Rayner asked for bail until sentencing. The
defendant had not consumed alcohol since his arrest, he said.
Judge Crosbie told Nelson he had no right to be driving at
all, especially with a breath-alcohol level more than double
the legal limit.
He had been sent to jail in 2008 for similar offending and,
with his ''terrible history'', was a risk to himself and the
''There are no grounds on which I could possibly grant you
bail,'' the judge said, remanding Nelson in custody for
sentence on January 31.