Rugby fans celebrating at the All Black test match in Nelson earlier this month. Photo: Barry Whitnall/Shuttersport.

All Blacks fever leads to drink driving convictions


Some Nelsonians took the All Blacks win over Argentina too far as a slew of drink-drivers appeared in Nelson District Court on Monday.

Five people were convicted of drink-driving after being stopped at the same Waimea Road checkpoint in the early hours of Sunday, September 9, just hours after the All Blacks’ historic first test match at Trafalgar Park.

Multiple other people also failed to appear in front of the judge to face the same charges, from the same checkpoint.

All five were charged and convicted by Judge David Ruth for excess breath alcohol over 400mg.

The three men and two women were all fined between $450 and $750, ordered to pay court costs of $130 and disqualified from driving for between six and eight months, depending on prior convictions for the same offence.