Drink-driving teen DODGES punishment after ‘impressing’ judge by writing apology song in New Zealand – The Sun

A TEEN who was caught drink driving has dodged punishment after impressing a judge with his written song of apology.

Alexander David James Grant, 18, appeared in New Zealand's Dunedin District Court on Wednesday after he was caught driving four times over the limit on August 7 last year.

His sentencing had been delayed to allow him to write a song reflecting on his experience.

According to 1 News, the court heard that Grant was pressured by his friends into driving after a night of drinking to get some food.

The song moved both judge Michael Turner and the prosecution when it was played in court.

Mr Turner said: “You have exceeded my expectations. It's very impressive.

How can alcohol affect driving?

Your ability to drive safely with alcohol in your system is impaired as:

  • The brain takes longer to receive messages from the eye
  • Processing information becomes more difficult
  • Instructions to the body's muscles are delayed resulting in slower reaction times
  • Blurred and double vision may be experienced which affects your ability to see things clearly while driving
  • You are more likely to take potentially dangerous risks because you can act on urges you normally repress

“I'm not minimising drink driving and I'm struggling to think when I last used that discretion for a charge of this nature.

“I have no doubt this was a one-off error in judgement where to some extent you were pressured to get behind the wheel and drive by your friends.”

The teen, who is known by his music alias XuzzDoc, admitted to drinking around five drinks before he was recorded with a blood-alcohol content of over 0.2.

He has since entered the Right Track program, which is designed to educate at-risk young drivers.

Grant's lawyer and the prosecution agreed it would be an appropriate case for the defendant to be discharged without conviction.

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