Boy star James Rolleston sentenced after admitting to driving dangerously in crash that nearly killed him


Kiwi actor James Rolleston has been sentenced to 200 hours community service, 12 months disqualification from driving and 12 months supervision after admitting to dangerous driving causing injury.

Seven Sharp is there as the Kiwi actor meets the ambulance staff who saved his life.
Source: Seven Sharp

The much-loved Boy actor appeared in the Opotiki District Court dressed in a smart black suit.

He was accompanied by a documentary film crew and his lawyer Ron Mansfield.

Rolleston was driving the vehicle which crashed into the Otara Bridge on State Highway 35 in July last year.

The Dark Horse star had to be cut from the wreckage, and spent a month in Waikato Hospital's intensive care unit.

He required skin grafts to his badly damaged leg and speech therapy.

His close friend Kaleb Maxwell was also injured in the crash.

Rolleston issued a statement earlier this year where he said he intended to plead guilty.

"I have learned to appreciate life a lot more and to be grateful for what I have," the statement said.

Today Ron Mansfield told the court on the night of the crash Rolleston drove "like an idiot", something he was hopeless at, adding that he's "the nicest young man I've had the pleasure of acting for".

Mr Mansfield said his client is remorseful, and has accepted what has happened and taken practical steps to address his offending.

Judge Louis Bidois told the court Rolleston has demonstrated remorse and "takes responsibility for his actions".

The Judge also said the 20-year-old is lucky to be alive, and has taken steps to inform others about road safety.

However he did say Rolleston "sped, lost control and crashed", and spoke at length about the risks young people face when driving on the road.

In court Rolleston was supported by a large number of whanau and friends.

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