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Doctor caught driving six times over limit

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Doctor caught driving six times over limit

July 21, 2009 12:28PM

A DOCTOR caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration almost six times the legal limit was driving home to a hospital from a country music show, a court has heard.

Admire Nyanhemwa, 37, pleaded guilty to driving with a blood alcohol level of .291 per cent in in Katherine Magistrates Court in the Northern Territory.

The court heard he was a "country music fan" and drove about 400m from his home at Katherine Hospital to the Katherine Country Muster on May 2.

He drank eight glasses of wine while he ate, and did not think his car would be safe if he left it behind.

When he was stopped and arrested by police about 11.30pm, he told the officer he had not done anything wrong.

The court heard he was under emotional stress at the time because his wife and their two children lived in Adelaide.

The Zimbabwean doctor - who has lived in the Territory for more than a year - was not concerned he would lose his job or be disciplined.

The court heard the NT medical board had received an anonymous complaint about Dr Nyanhemwa and his alcohol consumption.

Nyanhemwa was fined $600 and disqualified from driving for 12 months.

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