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Cleveland Pierre Todd (22) appeared in the Dunedin District Court this week after previously pleading guilty to dangerous driving and failing to report the damage he caused.
The court heard Todd was driving west in Stuart St on February 18 when he veered off, through a fence and into the Roslyn Scouts building, 6m below the road.
The defendant was helped from the vehicle by a passing member of the public then left the scene in a taxi.
Judge Thomas Ingram said there was no chance Todd would be able to pay off the $30,000 bill caused by his errant driving.
He ordered the man repay $15,000 at $100 a week.
Todd was disqualified from driving for six months and the judge imposed 200 hours’ community work in exchange for remitting $11,000 in outstanding fines.