$880 fine for crash

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A WOMAN who crashed her car into a tree while in­tend­ing to drive into a for­mer part­ner’s car was lucky to es­cape a pe­riod of im­pris­on­ment this week.

Michelle Joy Wil­liams pleaded guilty to the danger­ous op­er­a­tion of a ve­hi­cle and driv­ing while un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day.

The court was told it was 6.40pm on De­cem­ber 8, when Wil­liams crashed her black Holden into a tree on the front yard of a house in Ju­bilee Pocket.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Smith said she was later breathal­ysed and found to be more than four times over the limit with a read­ing of 0.203.

Duty lawyer Lach­lan Mr Ygoa-McKe­own ar­gued Wil­liams’ de­ci­sion-mak­ing was im­paired by the amount of al­co­hol she’d drunk and that this was “an ab­hor­ra­tion of how she usu­ally be­haves”.

Mr St­jern­qvist told Wil­liams the risk of in­jury to her­self and oth­ers while driv­ing at 0.203 and “in a rage” was all too ob­vi­ous.

Wil­liams was fined $880, dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for 15 months and placed on pro­ba­tion for 15 months. Con­vic­tions were not recorded.

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