A tourist, whose driving near Queenstown last Sunday was so
bad another motorist rang the police, admitted a charge of
dangerous driving yesterday and paid his $400 fine the same
In the Invercargill District Court, Judge Michael Turner
ordered Naranwita Rathnaweera (32), a Sri Lankan living in
Australia, to pay his fine before 4pm, and disqualified him
from driving in New Zealand for six months.
The police summary of facts said Rathnaweera was driving
through the Devil's Staircase towards Queenstown about 7.15pm
when other motorists saw his Toyota car cross the centre line
at almost every right-hand corner.
They estimated his vehicle was three-quarters to fully on the
incorrect side of the road at those corners.
A following motorist phoned the police and Rathnaweera was
stopped by a police patrol in Frankton Rd, on the outskirts
He told police he might have crossed the centre line but was
unable to remember if he had done that, or how many times.