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OVERDID IT, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 193, 16 August 1945
busy police court
OFFENDERS pay the penalty
A few who yesterday overdid their celebrations of the surrender of Japan were arrested and they paid the penalty in the Police Court this morning, when Mr. F. H. Levien, S.M., presided. Many others were lucky not to be taken into custody, as the small number of police 0 n duty, compared with the huge crowds which thronged the city, could not gather in all offenders for a variety of reasons. The Court proceedings began when a woman of 50 was charged with drunkenness in Symonds Street. She did not appear, having been bailed out last night. Constable Molly Sim. of the women's division said she arrested the offender. The woman, as also was a male inebriate who was called after her was convicted and discharged. Intoxicated Motorists Norman Thomas Wright (29), a carrier, then stepped into the dock to admit that he was in a state of intoxication while in charge of a motor truck in Khyber Pass Road. A further charge of failing to stop after an accident and ascertain whether he had injured any person was preferred, but was withdrawn by the police. Sub-Inspector Sparks said that at 6.10 last evening Constable Motley saw a motor truck in Khyber Pass Road, near the intersection of Symonds Street. The vehicle was across the tram rails and was holding up two trams. Sparks were seen coming from under the engine. Later the truck was driven along Madeira Place on the wrong side of the road and eventually it went over the footpath and crashed into a house. Prior to this incident the truck collided with a parked vehicle, but did not stop. Wright, the driver, was in an advanced state of intoxication.
Mr. Aekins, for the accused, said Wright, who was in business as a carrier on his own account, had served for four years in the Middle East. Unfortunately, he had taken too much liquor yesterday. He experienced some trouble with the clutch of his motor truck and that was the reason the vehicle crashed into the house. No dne was injured.
In imposing a fine of £10, Mr. Levien said he would not interfere with Wright's license to drive.
"At 4.25 p.m. yesterday a motor car driven by this man collided with another vehicle in Jervois Road, the accused being found to be under the influence of liquor and unfit to be in charge of a motor vehicle," said Sub-Inspector Sparks, concerning Alfred Ernest Jenkinson (38). motor driver.
Jenkinson pleaded guilty to a charge of being in a state of intoxication while in charge of a car. He said he had a few too many drinks yesterday. He had been on service during the war for four and a half years.
Mr. Levien fined him £10 and made no order in respect of Jenkinson's license to drive.
His place in the dock was taken by Syaney Jackson (30), a 'motor driver. Jackson, represented by Mr. Aekins, admitted that he was in a state of intoxication while in charge of a motor truck in Onewa Road, Northcote.
The sub-inspector said that after visiting a hotel yesterday, Jackson was driving a number of men in the vehicle when it collided with a telegraph pole in rounding a bend. Two of the men in the truck were injured. Mr. Aekins said Jackson was not used to liquor and misjudged the amount he had consumed. He nad an unblemished record. After imposing a fine of £15, Mr. Levien said he would not interfere with Jackson's license. Mechanic's Two Offences That he was'in a state of intoxication while in charge of a motor car in Queen Street last evening and resisted Constable P. E. Thomson in he execution of his duty were narges admitted by Cyril William Valker (32), a mechanic. Sub-Inspector Sparks said that at 9.10 o'clock last night, near the intersection of Queen and Wellesley Streets, a constable saw a large car being driven into a crowd of people, some of whom had to jump out of the way. The constable found that Walker was the driver and asked him to reverse the car. Walker aid so, but at a dangerous speed, and again persons had to jump away to prevent themselves from injured. Found to be under the influence of drink, Walker, on being taken from the car, resisted violently. "The constable did his best to reason with him, but Walker continued to resist on the way to the station and he had to be taken by force, added Mr. Sparks. "Walker had some drink and he cannot recall what occurred, Mr. Aekins, who appeared foi accused. "He was very excited. However, he is a man of good -character. It was unfortunate that he did not leave his car at home last night.
' On the first charge Walker was fined £15 and on the second £5. In view of the special circumstances m this case, Mr. Levien disqualified Walker from obtaining anoUiei license for 12 months.
Fined for Obstruction Arising out of Walker's arrest, Arnold Charles Barnes (30), a labourer, was arrested on a chaige of obstructing Constable Thompson while in the execution of his duty. He pleaded guilty. Sub-Inspector Sparks said a crow of about 100 followed Walkei to the lock-up, when Barnes persisted 1 trying to get Walker released. After ignoring warnings by the police, Barnes, whose actions might have led to serious trouble, had to be outside the police station. He Quite sober. Fined £15, Barnes was ordered to pay this sum forthwith or go prison for 21 days.
Two Assault Cases Pleading guilty to a charge of assaulting a Maori yesterday aft ernoon, Karl Laurenson (21), a half-caste Samoan, was fined £3. A labourer, William Graham, age 25, admitted' assaulting a young Maori woman yesterday. Sub-InSpector Sparks said that when the complainant refused to go with him in Queen Street, Graham caught hold of her by a bangle on her arm. Eventually complainants Mother dragged the girl away, wner - upon Graham struck the girl on the , fa ce. A fight started and a ciowd quickly gathered, Graham having to be arrested.
. Graham said he was under the influence of liquor and did not remem anything about the incident. "This was not connected with yesfrivolities," said Mr. Le\ ien. You did something no man shouici have done. One months imprison toent with hard labour."
OVERDID IT, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 193, 16 August 1945
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