Woman 3 times the limit and fined after accident
WHEN Sharon Bess Drew crashed into another vehicle she didn’t stop to help the injured driver or swap insurance information, she just drove off.
The 39-year-old was more than three times the legal limit and her path of destruction didn’t end there.
After accelerating away, Drew’s vehicle then hit an Ergon Energy remote main’s unit causing extensive damage before becoming airborne over a nearby embankment and then crashing into a two bay shed, Prosecutor Michael Ball.
Witnesses saw Drew leave the scene and walk back up Seaview Dr in the direction she’d come from.
The Mackay Magistrate’s Court heard that Drew’s blood alcohol reading was 0.166 per cent.
Drew pleaded guilty to high-range drink-driving, driving without due care and attention, failing to comply with the duties of a driver involved in a crash and failing to stop at a road incident on February 8 in Airlie Beach.
Defence solicitor Cathy Krieg, of McKays Solicitors, said it was “with great embarrassment” Drew accepted the facts.
The mother-of-two was taking new medication. She had been out with friends and had also been drinking alcohol.
Ms Krieg said Drew had a limited recollection of what happened and described these actions as “significantly out of character”.
Drew was described as a valued member of the Whitsunday community who volunteers at several organisations including Eco Barge and St Vinnies.
Magistrate Ross Risson described the circumstances of offending was “serious”.
“You were fortunate you did not suffer any serious injuries as was the (other person) involved,” Mr Risson said.
Drew was fined $2500 and must pay $5990 in compensation - and she is yet to receive a bill from Ergon Energy.
She was also disqualified from driving for 19 months. Convictions were recorded.