Drink-driver Brenda Gordon in Tauranga District Court.
Photo: NZ Herald/file
A woman who drank a bottle of wine and whose daughter
pleaded with her not to drive has been sentenced to home
detention after crashing head-on into an elderly Katikati
couple and inflicting life-threatening injuries on the pair.
Brenda Ingarangi Gordon, 45, was sentenced to eight months'
home detention, to start on May 7, when she appeared in
Tauranga District Court today.
Gordon had earlier pleaded guilty to two charges of causing
injury while driving with excess blood alcohol.
She was also disqualified from driving for two years and
ordered to pay $22,000 reparation.
About 5.20pm on November 26 last year, Gordon's vehicle
crossed onto the wrong side of the road and collided head on
with Harry and Inez Johns' vehicle on Turner Rd, Katikati.
The crash nearly cost the life of 80-year-old Mrs Johns, who
She was hospitalised with life-threatening spinal injuries to
her lower back and internal injuries.
Her 85-year-old husband in the passenger seat was also
hospitalised with spinal fractures to his neck and broken
The couple both require long-term rehabilitation.
Gordon, who was also injured in the crash, was found to be
driving with an excess blood alcohol of 116 milligrams of
alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. The adult legal limit
is 80 milligrams.
The court heard how Gordon drank a bottle of wine and her
daughter had pleaded with her not to drive before she got
behind the wheel.