Luck runs out as drink driver made to pay af­ter pok­ies win

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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