4 times the limit leads to $1400 fine
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.