Convicted and remanded on bail, after reoffending for third time contrary to previous bail conditions

How does someone get out on bail when they re-offended while out on bail?

This guy was pissed, on a restricted licence, and had a zero alcohol limit after at least two previous drink-driving convictions….which didn’t stop him from this afternoon of carnage.

Bryce James Bailey, 23, posted on social media he was going to finish a box of bourbon and colas and go for a drive about noon on February 23.

Police were alerted to his post and began searching for him.

A police summary of facts said Bailey drove to the Caltex garage at Main St, Blenheim, about 3pm and put $51.96 of petrol into his Honda Civic.

He left without paying.


Bailey, a sawmill operator, was on a restricted licence with a zero alcohol limit after at least two previous drink-driving convictions.

He headed south on State Highway 1 and was spotted at Ward by a highway patrol officer about 3.30pm.

Drink driving. Breach of licence conditions from previous convictions.

The officer turned on his lights and siren and attempted to get Bailey to pull over.

He increased his speed and continued south, followed by the officer.

Bailey reached speeds of 118kmh overtaking several vehicles.

On one occasion, he crossed the centre line on a right-hand bend with good visibility while there was an oncoming truck, but crossed back to the left lane about 40 metres in front of the truck.

The officer abandoned the chase after about 10 minutes and followed at a safe distance.

Dangerous driving.

Kaikoura police put road spikes across the highway north of Kaikoura.

Police were informed Bailey was travelling so close behind a 4WD they would have to stop both vehicles.

The spikes blew two front tyres on the 4WD and the front right tyre of Bailey’s car.

Bailey continued south at 100kmh, despite the tyre coming off several kilometres after the spikes.

He drove through the Kaikoura township, slowing to about 80kmh, where there was heavy traffic in both directions and many pedestrians.

Bailey reached a stretch of road between the two coastal tunnels before pulling into a layby and surrendering to police.

What a guy, how nice of him to surrender to Police.

And after all that and despite previous drink driving convictions and breaching every restriction in place guess what happens next.

Bailey admitted theft, dangerous driving, drink-driving and failing to stop for police at the Blenheim District Court on Monday.

Judge Tony Zohrab said the charges were very serious and Bailey had endangered members of the public with his driving.

Bailey was convicted and remanded on bail to May 2 for a probation report, an alcohol and drug report and a home detention report to be submitted before sentencing.

His car was confiscated, and a bail condition prevented him from driving.

Riiight…so this guy was supposedly forbidden from driving with any alcohol in his system. Was on a restricted licence…drove drunk, and dangerously…and the judge says the charges were serious and he endangered the public…but let him out on bail to go on his merry way.


– Fairfax

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