This story fell off the edge yesterday, but it still needs some attention. Â Police reporter Sam Boyer from the NZ Herald reported on this shocking state of events:
Brian Mitchell Hart, 58, from Hawkes Bay, has 20 convictions for drink-driving and 11 for driving while disqualified, and has been sent to prison 33 times for these and other offences.
But every time he gets out, he gets his licence back, drinks again and gets back behind the wheel.
He has twice been disqualified from driving “indefinitely”.
On one of those occasions, in 2002, he underwent counselling and treatment for alcohol addiction and after an assessment by a government-approved counsellor, was approved to get his licence back by the New Zealand Transport Authority.
Under the law, the toughest sentence for repeat drink-drivers is indefinite disqualification, which can be imposed only under a specific set of circumstances.
This is where Brian Hart can’t be stopped. Â He doesn’t need a license, and he can access a new car if he so wishes.
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