11 Sep 2009

Senior officer fined $1800 for drink-driving

8:16 pm on 11 September 2009

A senior officer caught driving after drinking heavily at the Police College bar has been convicted and fined.

Detective Sergeant John Gualter, who was a CIB trainer at the college in Porirua, previously pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving under the influence of alcohol in November last year.

His blood alcohol reading was two-and-a-half times the legal limit and he was seen swerving dangerously on the motorway and mounting suburban street footpaths.

In Porirua District Court on Friday, Judge June Johnson rejected Gaulter's application for a discharge without conviction, due to the seriousness of the offences.

Gualter was fined $1800, disqualified from driving for nine months, and ordered to pay court costs of $260.

Outside court, Gualter said he is very embarrassed about his actions.

"I did a terrible thing in November last year and this is just the consequence of those actions. I thought the judge was fair and she was presented with the facts and she made a decision. I don't have any problem with it."

Gualter now faces a police disciplinary hearing.