4 times the limit leads to $1400 fine

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A WOMAN who was caught driv­ing while more than four times over the limit has been fined $1400 and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for 18 months.

Am­ber Jane John­son pleaded guilty to a charge of driv­ing while un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day.

The court heard the 28-year-old was seen driv­ing a black Toy­ota Rav 4 er­rat­i­cally along Shute Har­bour Road, at about mid­night on July 20.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Smith said she was in­ter­cepted at the junc­tion of Her­mitage and Plan­ta­tion Drive, where it was noted she had slurred speech and was un­steady on her feet.

John­son ad­mit­ted drink­ing seven pints of cider over the course of the night.

Her Breath Al­co­hol Con­cen­tra­tion (BAC) read­ing was 0.219 per cent.

Duty lawyer An­toinette Morton said John­son was “con­fused as to why she was even in the car that night” as she had orig­i­nally planned to take a taxi.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist said the read­ing was “monumental” and he noted a pre­vi­ous drink-driv­ing of­fence from 2012, which would fur­ther ag­gra­vate the penalty.

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