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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  • venator

    Absolutely no logic with this man. The judge was wrong in his decision and the offender should have done the bare minimum and driven his vehicle over the side of the cliff and into the sea.

    • Sundreamer

      The logic within the man is easy, he’s feral, stupid and behaving exactly how you’d expect. The logic in the judge is much harder to see.

      • biscuit barrel

        The judge is following the law.
        Bail Act last amended in 2013.

        • Whitey

          Interesting. Clearly it’s time the Bail Act was amended again.

          • biscuit barrel

            The Minister of Corrections says they have no more room.

          • Whitey

            Legalizing/decriminalizing cannabis would solve that problem.

          • Nyla

            no it wont … have been in a village that cannabis was used freely amongst the ‘locals’ and they were like zombies and still tried to drive much the same, so you would have the dealers and the zombies filling up the jails as well as the drinkers

          • Whitey

            Hmm, that’s a good point.

  • MarcWills

    If drink driving was added to the 3 strikes law, this retard would be in jail serving a non-parole sentence. I hope Judge Zohrab nor any of his family or friends ever get killed or injured by ferals like this on the road – but it will be because of decisions like this that the blame falls on him too.

    • biscuit barrel

      Not so. This feral had ‘bail as of right’
      Bail as of right
      In some circumstances, judges are not able to refuse bail. In such circumstances, which are governed by section 7, a person is described as being “bailable as of right”. A person will be bailable as of right where:

      they are charged with an offence not punishable by imprisonment; or

      they are charged with an offence with a maximum punishment of less than three years imprisonment
      There are some exceptions generally family and other violence.

      • Rightsideofthebed

        Sorry Biscuit – you needed to keep reading. Section 7

        (4)Despite anything in this section, a defendant who is charged with an offence punishable by imprisonment is not bailable as of right if the defendant has been previously convicted of an offence punishable by death or imprisonment.

        As he has previous convictions for drink driving he has been previously convicted of an offence punishable by imprisonment.

  • Nermal

    It should be simple, commit anything other than a technical breach of your bail, and your bail is revolved immediately.

    • biscuit barrel

      Breach of bail is not an imprisionable offence.

      • Nyla

        no its not but this person should never have got bail in the first place

      • Forrest Ranger

        No, but a couple of weeks inside waiting for your next bail application hearing may do quite a lot of good for halfwits like this one.

  • zotaccore

    Perhaps the very much overpaid Chief Justice Sian should look at this and the judgement made… oh hang on…. it’s not her job to review the performance of the judges – she’s far too busy moving her cows into a lake to contaminate it. Such are the rewards of an overpaid underworked Chief Justice.

    • biscuit barrel

      Even the lowest level of judge is appointed by and only answerable to the Crown. ( which means its a job for life)
      Check above where its obvious this feral has bail as of right.

      • zotaccore

        Yes that’s correct and it appears that there is no transparent overview by the Crown – or at least where do we in the public get to see it? My point is that Sian shouldn’t even be called a Chief Justice. Chief Administrator Clerk is closer to what her duties are. The Justice website certainly makes it clear that her duties don’t involve reviewing other judges poor decisions.