A drunk driver who has clipped yet another person is trying to get a discharge without conviction for the second time.
A driver has admitted careless driving causing injury after hitting a cyclist and breaking his collarbone.
Blenheim woman Wendy Louise McDonald Florence, 52, was driving west on Stephenson St about 7pm on September 21.
Police said Florence paused at the Maxwell Rd intersection, which was controlled by a give way sign, before turning right onto Maxwell Rd, passing in front of a cyclist.
The cyclist, heading south on Maxwell Rd, was unable to stop in time to avoid Florence’s car, and crashed into the front right-hand side, the police summary of facts said.
He was knocked from his bike, breaking his right collarbone as he hit the tarseal.
The cyclist was taken to Blenheim’s Wairau Hospital by ambulance, where he had surgery to fix his collarbone using a metal plate.
Florence told police she did not see him when she pulled out.
She appeared at the Blenheim District Court on Tuesday where she admitted a charge of careless driving causing injury.
She had no previous convictions. Her lawyer Rob Harrison said she intended to apply for a discharge without conviction.
Judge Richard Russell remanded Florence at large to December 19 for restorative justice.
Restorative justice? What sort of womble stuff is that? She’s done this before. She has had no previous convictions because she has previously had a discharge without conviction. We even blogged about it before.
The driver Wendy Louise McDonald Florence, 52, who is seeking a discharge without conviction for breaking the cyclist’s collarbone and then driving away from the scene has already been discharged before for drink driving four times over the limit in 2014.
A doctor living in Blenheim has been discharged without conviction after she was caught drink-driving at more than four times the legal limit.
Wendy Louise McDonald Florence, 50, appeared in the Blenheim District Court for sentencing on the charge last Monday, after driving with a blood-alcohol level of 326 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood on September 8.
The legal limit at the time was 80mg, and is now 50mg.
Her lawyer Rob Harrison argued for a discharge without conviction on her behalf.
While she claims not to have seen the cyclist she did, in fact, drive off from the scene. Then there is her previous history of discharge.
This is important as it shows that she is a menace on the roads and this simply isn’t an isolated case.