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Drink-driving mayoral candidate rams car with kids

Adam Holland pleaded guilty to driving with excess blood alcohol and failing to stop.
Adam Holland pleaded guilty to driving with excess blood alcohol and failing to stop.

An Auckland mayoral candidate was found guilty for ramming the car which had a mother and her two children inside while he was driving five times over the legal blood alcohol limit.

Adam Holland pleaded guilty to driving with excess blood alcohol and failing to stop after a crash at Te Kuiti District Court in July and was sentenced to 150 hours of community service, nine months supervision and disqualified from driving, TVNZ reported.

The 25-year-old campaigned under Auckland Legalise Cannabis and gained 1772 votes in the final count at the year's election.

The police summary of facts obtained by TVNZ revealed Holland rammed the back of the stationary car which was waiting to turn into a driveway on Te Kumi Rd near Te Kuiti on March 30 before driving off.

The woman had her 10-year-old and 1-year-old in the car with her.

Holland pointed his fingers at the woman driver as he passed her and continued heading north onto State Highway 3, according to the summary of facts.

He was later found by police standing in front of his own Mazda which had significant damage.

The evidential blood test carried out showed he had 259mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, above the legal limit of 50mg/100ml.

Speaking of the media request for the summary of facts, an unremorseful Holland commented on his mayoral Facebook page that the legal drink driving limit was "absolutely pathetic".

"Only a lightweight can't handle 400. I blew 1054 and felt fine - the crash wasn't even my fault and if I could relive the events, I'd have acted in exactly the same way."

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