Woman drove because she was ‘too drunk to walk’

A woman who downed two litres of wine got behind the wheel because she was "too drunk to walk".

Jane Marie Jardine, 46, was sentenced in the Dunedin District Court this week after earlier pleading guilty to two charges of aggravated drink-driving and driving without a licence.

The offending marked Jardine’s fifth drink-driving conviction, although her previous crimes were historic.

On October 24, the defendant was seen driving in the dark with her headlights off.

She was swerving between lanes before a police patrol vehicle pulled her over.

Jardine initially denied drinking alcohol, but a test showed a breath-alcohol level of 894mcg.

She later explained she had two litres of wine and some whisky and had driven because she was "too drunk to walk".

Jardine was released on bail for the earlier offence, which included a condition not to drive.

On December 30, she was socialising in Will St before driving to pick up more alcohol.

An evidential test revealed a blood-alcohol level of 176mg - more than three times the legal limit.

Judge Dominic Flatley said the woman needed a rehabilitative sentence.

"Your day revolves around drinking", he said.

"I want you to get sorted out."

He sentenced Jardine to 350 hours’ community work, 18 months’ intensive supervision and disqualified her from driving for 18 months.

"This is probably getting toward your last shot", the judge warned.