Star Trek star pleads guilty to drink driving

ChrisPine2_620x310

Hollywood star Chris Pine told police he had drunk four vodkas when he failed a drink-drive test, a court has been told.

Pine, 33, pleaded guilty when he appeared in Ashburton District Court this morning.


Police prosecutor Sergeant Mike Wingfield told the court Pine was caught driving with 113 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood early on March 1 at a checkpoint in Methven.

Pine claimed he had consumed four vodkas.

The legal limit for adult drivers in New Zealand is 80 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.

Pine had been in the district for the filming of his latest movie Z for Zachariah, and had just left a party at the Blue Pub in Methven.



Chris-Pine

Ashburton lawyer Marilyn Gilchrist, who represented Pine, asked for a discharge without conviction.

Despite all the international interest, a conviction would outweigh the gravity of the offence, she said.

She pointed to the difficulties he would have entering Canada with visa restrictions.

Judge Joanna Maze acknowledged Pine had made a considerable donation to Cure Kids, and his previous good record.

"This issue of a visa will be a complication, but you're no different to other people who may wish to travel to Canada," Judge Maze said.

She convicted Pine, fined him $400 and disqualified him from driving for six months.


Before Pine appeared Judge Maze heard applications from media to determine who would be allowed in the court room.

Ms Gilchrist argued said the overwhelming interest in the matter was salacious and sensational and the public needed to know only the outcome of the hearing.

Media in the gallery were warned about breaching instructions on the use of electronic equipment.



source