News

Drink-driving mayoral candidate rams car with kids

Adam Holland pleaded guilty to driving with excess blood alcohol and failing to stop.
Adam Holland pleaded guilty to driving with excess blood alcohol and failing to stop.

An Auckland mayoral candidate was found guilty for ramming the car which had a mother and her two children inside while he was driving five times over the legal blood alcohol limit.

Adam Holland pleaded guilty to driving with excess blood alcohol and failing to stop after a crash at Te Kuiti District Court in July and was sentenced to 150 hours of community service, nine months supervision and disqualified from driving, TVNZ reported.

The 25-year-old campaigned under Auckland Legalise Cannabis and gained 1772 votes in the final count at the year's election.

The police summary of facts obtained by TVNZ revealed Holland rammed the back of the stationary car which was waiting to turn into a driveway on Te Kumi Rd near Te Kuiti on March 30 before driving off.

The woman had her 10-year-old and 1-year-old in the car with her.

Holland pointed his fingers at the woman driver as he passed her and continued heading north onto State Highway 3, according to the summary of facts.

He was later found by police standing in front of his own Mazda which had significant damage.

The evidential blood test carried out showed he had 259mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, above the legal limit of 50mg/100ml.

Speaking of the media request for the summary of facts, an unremorseful Holland commented on his mayoral Facebook page that the legal drink driving limit was "absolutely pathetic".

"Only a lightweight can't handle 400. I blew 1054 and felt fine - the crash wasn't even my fault and if I could relive the events, I'd have acted in exactly the same way."

Topics:  cannabis drink-driving editors picks mayoral new zealand


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

End of an era: Last opening ever at Lismore Gallery

FINAL OPENING: The current gallery building in Molesworth Street.

Last opening ever at Lismore Gallery in Molesworth St

REVEALED: A new Northern Rivers music festival in 2017

Lismore Music Festival co-directors Scott Cooper and Paul Connelly.

Mark March 10 and 11 in your calendar

Dreams and culture in them there hills...

Sophie Moeller, Lismore Echo Editor. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star

Hall's stories bring local history alive through song and dance

Local Partners

Rapist's bail revoked, back behind bars

HE WAS granted bail despite raping a woman on the side of the road near Grafton, but now Alessandro Bongiorno will have to await his sentence from a prison cell

REVEALED: A new Northern Rivers music festival in 2017

Lismore Music Festival co-directors Scott Cooper and Paul Connelly.

Mark March 10 and 11 in your calendar

Local arts organisations receive funding for 2017 projects

Djurra will be NORPA's locally-developed show in its 2017 season.

Byron Bay and Lismore initiatives focus on aboriginal art

Five things to do in Lismore this week

The Nimbin event is  presented by non-profit Gold Coast-based Indonesian dance troupe Seharum Nusantara.

Dance, culture, film, art and more

Brad Pitt bids to keep custody battle private

Brad Pitt will go to court to keep his custody battle private

Sia has split from her husband

Sia has split from her husband Erik Anders Lang.

Amy Schumer thanks Barbie trolls for hateful comments

Amy Schumer is in the lead role for the new Barbie movie

Shannen Doherty's husband is suing for destroyed sex life

Shannen Doherty's husband is suing her former manager

Azealia Banks' battery case against Russell Crowe dropped

Russell Crowe will not be charged with battery

Mel Gibson named Best Director at AACTA Awards

Mel Gibson poses in the media room after winning the AACTA Award for Best Direction for Hacksaw Ridge.

HIS wartime drama Hacksaw Ridge sweeps 6th annual awards in Sydney.

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

The million dollar property to test Mackay's market

This Victoria St building will go to auction Tuesday and investors will be watching closely to see how much it sells for.

'High profile architect designed CBD asset' goes to auction

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!