Six times over with chil­dren in her car

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

A WHIT­SUN­DAY woman has paid a heavy price for jump­ing be­hind the wheel six times over the le­gal limit as she picked up her two chil­dren from school.

About 3pm on March 23, po­lice were con­tacted by a teacher at a Whit­sun­day school, who said they saw the woman look­ing in­tox­i­cated as she left with her two chil­dren.

As po­lice drove into the street where the woman lived, they saw her walk through her front door, the Proser­pine Mag­is­trates Court heard on Mon­day.

How­ever the chil­dren did not go in with her, but were hid­ing out­side and one was not empty-handed.

Of­fi­cers ap­proached the chil­dren, who were hid­ing be­hind a bush look­ing ner­vous, and saw one hold­ing a bot­tle of wine, which had about one-fifth of its con­tents left.

The woman was found in her bed­room and when ques­tioned by po­lice she said she had driven home and had not con­sumed any al­co­hol since leav­ing the house but ad­mit­ted she had con­sumed liquor dur­ing the day.

This prompted of­fi­cers to con­duct a road­side breath test, which re­turned a pos­i­tive read­ing.

The woman ad­mit­ted to con­sum­ing one bot­tle of wine dur­ing the day from 8am, with her last drink at 2.45pm.

At 4.11pm the woman de­liv­ered a read­ing of 0.336.

Mag­is­trate Ronald Muir­head said “the read­ing is ex­tremely high” and “it’s past the stage where fines should be im­posed”.

The woman told the court she had re­turned to Air­lie Beach where she had been in­volved in a re­la­tion­ship and said there were “lots of trig­gers” lead­ing to the of­fence.

She said she had tried to get some­one else to pick up the kids but was un­suc­cess­ful.

Ap­pear­ing as duty lawyer, Cleo Re­wald said the woman “was not think­ing straight” hav­ing found out her mother had been di­ag­nosed with an in­cur­able con­di­tion.

Mag­is­trate Muir­head placed the woman on pro­ba­tion for two years, as well as im­pos­ing a $1000 fine and two years’ disqualification from driv­ing.

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