Turning round to stop her two sons arguing after picking them up from school proved a big mistake for a Kerikeri mother - she crashed the car and has now been disqualified for drink-driving.
Michelle STENHOUSE, 50, appeared for sentencing in Kaikohe District Court on charges of driving with excess breath alcohol and careless driving, over an incident on State Highway One, Kerikeri, on August 9.
The police summary of facts to the court said Stenhouse had picked up her two sons from school and as she was driving them home they started fighting so she turned round to stop the arguing while she was driving.
However, she steered off the road, through a line of trees and bush before the vehicle stopped, without anybody suffering serious injuries.
When police arrived Stenhouse exhibited signs of recent alcohol consumption and a test showed she had a level of 805mcg of alcohol per litre of breath.
The legal limit is 400mcg.
In explanation she told police she had three glasses of wine at a restaurant after picking her children up at 3pm.
Stenhouse was sentenced to 80 hours' community work, nine months' supervision and disqualified from driving for six months.
Northland has some of the highest rates of drink-driving in the country, particularly repeat offenders, and the Northern Advocate is publishing its "name and shame" list of all people convicted of drink-driving offences in the region.
Also sentenced in Northland's courts recently were:
Garth Albert HOBSON, 57, 548mcg, six months' home detention, disqualified from driving for 12 months and one day for his fourth drink-driving conviction.
Bruno Mohan KARALUS, 26, marketer, 218mg of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, $1500 fine, $132 court costs, disqualified from driving for eight months.
Nathan PANIONA, 52, 97mg, $400 fine. $132 court costs, disqualified from driving for six months.
Liquor limits: Aged 20 and above: 400mcg of alcohol per litre of breath; 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.
Under 20: Young drivers with a blood alcohol limit of between 0.00 and 0.03 will receive an infringement fee of $200 and 50 demerit points. Young drivers with a blood alcohol limit over that will continue to be subject to the same drink drive penalties as adults.