Woman 3 times the limit and fined af­ter ac­ci­dent

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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