A former Auckland mayoral candidate has claimed that “the system is rigged” after being convicted of drink-driving and failing to stop after a crash.
Adam Holland, 25, ran for the mayoralty this year on the Auckland Legalise Cannabis ticket.
He made headlines in September for yelling “Oooh, I can feel a brawl” and “Allahu Akbar” – Arabic for ‘God is great’ – at a candidates’ debate.
He later defended his actions by saying he was “incredibly drunk”.
Being drunk can be fine. Being drunk at a mayoral debate less fine. Being drunk while driving is definitely not fine.
On Monday, he admitted he had been convicted on July 28 in the Auckland District Court of driving with excess blood alcohol and failing to stop or ascertain injury after a crash.
The charges related to an April incident in Te Kuiti when he drove into the back of a Nissan carrying a woman and two children.
Holland admitted blowing 1054 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath when found by the police. The legal limit is 250mcg.
I wonder what time of day this was.
But he said the crash was “nowhere near as severe” as the police summary of facts made it out to be.
He said he had had four beers in the hours leading up to the crash.
Four beers over several hours will not get you a blood alcohol that high unless they are very very large beers.
“My leg started hurting and I’m quite prone to panic attacks so I took out a bottle of whisky from the back of the car and took a few swigs.
“I probably shouldn’t have done it – I’m probably a bit of a knob.”
Yes you are.