Ex cop spills beans on recidivist drink driver

Drive 21/11/2018
Gavin Hawthorn. Photo: File.

A notorious drink-driver responsible for four deaths has been spared jail after his 12th drink-driving conviction.

Gavin Hawthorn, 56, was sentenced to six months' home detention, 180 hours' community service and disqualified from holding or obtaining a licence for two years, despite Porirua District Court judge James Johnston calling his behaviour "appalling".

Mr Hawthorn was convicted of driving with excess breath alcohol at 444 micrograms per litre of breath, after being pulled over for a random breath test in Paraparaumu in June.

Mr Hawthorn has more than 60 convictions, which also include for burglary, assault, disorderly behaviour and possession of cannabis.

Bruce, a Wairarapa road police officer for almost 30 years, told RadioLIVE Drive on Wednesday that he had a number of dealings with Mr Hawthorn.

He said Mr Hawthorn never showed any remorse for his actions.

Listen to the full interview with Bruce above.

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