DUI dash to Macca’s ends badly

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

GEMMA El­iz­a­beth Rum­ble is lucky not to be in jail af­ter driv­ing four times the le­gal limit and crash­ing into a round­about – all be­cause she wanted McDon­ald’s.

Prose­cu­tor Bern­hard Berger said Rum­ble, 32, was found by police on April 4 about 7.45pm af­ter speed­ing down Shute Har­bour Rd, run­ning a red light at the Paluma Rd, Shute Har­bour, in­ter­sec­tion, then even­tu­ally go­ing over the round­about at Tropic Rd and crash­ing through a road sign be­fore land­ing in the cen­tre me­dian strip and stop­ping.

Police at­tended the in­ci­dent and Rum­ble blew 0.201.

Be­fore the crash, she also bumped into a car twice af­ter fol­low­ing it.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor David Fitzger­ald, of Macrossan and Amiet, said Rum­ble was suf­fer­ing through­out Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie and was alone and un­pre­pared for the in­ci­dent.

Af­ter drink­ing ear­lier in the day, Rum­ble dis­cov­ered that McDon­ald’s had re­opened, which is when the in­ci­dent oc­curred.

With two pre­vi­ous high­range of­fences on record, Rum­ble was sen­tenced to 18 months im­pris­on­ment with im­me­di­ate pa­role re­lease, dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for five years and fined $5000.

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