A local politician from a leafy, well-to-do village has been charged with drink-driving and refusing to accompany a police officer.
Michael Williams, a chartered accountant and the Howick Local Board chairman, faces a defended hearing at the Manukau District Court on March 1.
Williams was charged after the roadside incident in May but has kept the matter from his board members amid his bid to replace deputy chairwoman Adele White, who is also a senior police constable.
Williams is charged with being more than twice the legal limit with a reading of 169ml of alcohol per litre of blood, and refusing to accompany a police officer in Auckland on May 10.
For a so-called pillar of the community those are serious charges. Particularly refusing to accompany a police officer…which is polite legal speak for “got himself arrested”. The penalty for that is up to a $4500 fine as determined by the court.
What is interesting too is Michael Williams thought he would be able to keep a defended hearing secret. Though quite how you defend a blood alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit is beyond me.
One of his little band of helpers who were seeking to knife Adele White, Steve Udys also has an interesting turn of phrase:
“What I would say is he has been a little bit silly but that has nothing to do with Adele not being the right person for the job. He may have a Caesar complex but we have to live with that,”
Caesar? More like Mussolini. I wonder if Udys will now act like Brutus and knife him on the way to the meeting. Steve Udys thinks that this issue has nothing to do with Adele White, he is wrong. His contention is that Adele White is too busy to fulfil the role of Deputy Chair. Each of those board members seeking to unseat Adele White should now ask themselves how a person with a full time senior role in a company, who is facing charges on drunk driving and failing to accompany a police officer (arrested, in other words) can possibly remain on the board, let alone chair the meeting. This isn;t a couple of beers over the limit either, this is twice the legal limit. It isn;t like Michael Williams hasn’t had problems with the bottle before.
A drunk driving, arrest resisting, board member with a Caesar complex isn’t someone we really want representing us is it?
Adele White teaches kids how to be safe on the road.
Michael Williams teaches kids how to be a drunk driver on the road.