‘Out­ra­geous’ al­co­hol reading

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

DRIV­ING un­li­censed and al­most five times over the le­gal al­co­hol limit is a dra­matic way to get your­self a first court ap­pear­ance.

This was the case for Ju­bilee Pocket woman Si­mone Karin Jaster-Bar­rile, 48, who pleaded guilty to the charges at Proser­pine Mag­is­trates Court. Po­lice pulled over Jaster-Bar­rile on Septem­ber 14 at 8.05pm af­ter she drew po­lice at­ten­tion due to her high beam flick­ing on and off. Af­ter record­ing a reading of 0.234, she told of­fi­cers she was driv­ing to look for her 14-yearold-daugh­ter. De­fence lawyer El­iz­a­beth Smith said Jaster-Bar­rile had no in­ten­tion to drive but her phone was flat and she had no way of con­tact­ing her daugh­ter “In her haste she didn’t log­i­cally think things through and drove around the corner,” she said. Mag­is­trate Si­mon Young said the reading was “out­ra­geously high”. Jaster-Bar­rile was fined $1500 and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for 15 months.

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