Marlborough man blows nearly six times legal drink-driving limit


Joel Cedric Bevan, 30, was stopped by police and returned a result of 1482mcg per liter of breath (file photo).

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Joel Cedric Bevan, 30, was stopped by police and returned a result of 1482mcg per liter of breath (file photo).

A Marlborough man was arrested for DUI after consuming “three liters of wine”. His breath test results were nearly six times above the legal limit for him.

Joel Cedric Bevan, 30, pleaded guilty to driving with excessive breath alcohol in Blenheim District Court on Monday after a breath test detected 1482 micrograms of alcohol per liter of breath. The legal limit is 250mcg.

According to a police fact sheet, Bevan was stopped by police on Costello Avenue in Blenheim last October 31 and given a breath test.

Bevan admitted to consuming about three liters of wine when he was approached by police and said he was driving because he had an argument with his girlfriend and was visiting a friend.

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Bevan’s attorney, John Holdaway, said Monday that he is “seeking Mr Bevan’s report” before the March 6 sentencing date.

Judge David Ruth convicted Bevan and released him on bail on the condition that he not drive.



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