West Coast lawyer defends fourth drink-drive charge

A Greymouth District Court judge will decide whether prominent West Coast lawyer Doug Taffs is guilty of a fourth drink-driving charge.

After hearing the case yesterday, Judge Michael Behrens reserved his decision.

Taffs, 59, of Westport, had historic excess breath-alcohol convictions from 1981 and 1993, and when he was caught again last year he tried to beat the breath-testing procedure by stuffing coins in his mouth.

The ploy did not work and he was convicted of that charge in September but, on August 19 he was again breath-tested after police followed his Landrover up his driveway.

- Greymouth Star

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