‘One last ride’ in car during lockdown leads to court

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An Oamaru man who did burnouts in a vehicle that had no bumpers, headlights or seatbelts before crashing, during Level 4 lockdown, told police he wanted to take his car for "one last ride" before he sold it, the Oamaru District Court has been told.

Appearing before Judge Joanna Maze, Dwayne Eric John Allen (29) pleaded guilty to drink-driving, dangerous driving, sustained loss of traction and breaching Alert Level 4 lockdown rules on August 24.

Allen also pleaded guilty to breaching a protection order on June 19.

Police prosecuting Sergeant John Somerfield told the court Allen was first seen driving his unwarranted vehicle at the Z service station in Oamaru about 7.50pm on August 24.

As he left, he accelerated heavily and sprayed gravel across the forecourt.

He then drove around Oamaru, with an associate, at ‘‘excessive’’ speeds, and police received several complaints about his driving.

While performing burnouts at the intersection of Georgetown-Pukeuri and Horse Gully Rds, about 11pm, Allen lost control of the vehicle and it skidded into a steep roadside ditch.

When police arrived, Allen and his associate fled.

They were later located in a nearby paddock.

There were "several dozen" empty alcohol bottles in the car, and Allen recorded a breath-alcohol level of 873mcg.

In an explanation to police, Allen said he wanted to take his car for ‘‘one last ride’’ before selling it, Sgt Somerfield said.

Allen was convicted on all charges and remanded on bail.

He will reappear for sentencing on November 3.

Judge Maze imposed a bail condition that Allen was not to possess or use any alcohol or class A, B or C drugs.

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