Luck runs out as drink driver made to pay after pokies win
MURIEL Qeauitina Slough gambled on more than the pokies when she decided to drink and drive earlier this month.
The 58-year-old had won a substantial amount of money at the Reef Gateway Hotel but her luck ran out when she chose to drive home.
In the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court on Monday, prosecutor Elizabeth Smith told the court police had been called after Slough’s car was seen swerving as she drove along Valley Dr, Cannonvale, about 7.15pm on May 4.
Ms Smith said when police arrived Slough was already out of the car and arguing with members of the public.
Slough allegedly admitted drinking three glasses of red wine. She later returned a blood alcohol content reading of 0.225%.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist questioned Slough’s motives for driving saying he thought it would have made more sense if she’d lost all her money on the pokies and couldn’t afford the cab.
“(But) I would have thought that you would have phoned a silver service taxi,” he said, referring to her win.
Slough said she was worried that having won the mo- ney “people would take advantage of that”.
“(And I thought) the luck might still be running with me,” she said.
Mr Stjernqvist fined her $1200 and disqualified her from driving for one year.