Al­most six times over


DRIV­ING 500m down the road in pur­suit of bet­ter phone re­cep­tion was enough to put an abrupt end to an oth­er­wise “un­blem­ished” driv­ing his­tory for a Man­dalay woman.

At 11pm on July 11, po­lice found Sharon Mar­garet May, 52, in­side her Mazda in a ditch on Man­dalay Rd.

She recorded a blood al­co­hol read­ing of 0.293 af­ter mak­ing the de­ci­sion to drive hav­ing drunk a num­ber of stub­bies and a bot­tle of wine fol­low­ing a do­mes­tic dis­agree­ment.

De­fence solic­i­tor Eliz­a­beth Smith said May had been des­per­ate to con­tact her fa­ther.

Mag­is­trate Si­mon Young said the read­ing was “ex­traor­di­nar­ily high”.

May was dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for 18 months and copped a $2000 fine.

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