Woman blew six times over … twice

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WED­NES­DAY, JUNE 12, 2019 the­mer­cury.com.au SUB­SCRIP­TIONS 1300 696 397 A LAUNCE­S­TON woman who blew more than six times the le­gal limit twice in four days has been banned from driv­ing for four years but has avoided a fur­ther im­me­di­ate jail term.

Cara Jane Mon­ica Pullen, 46, had been in cus­tody since May 1 when she was caught drink-driv­ing for the sec­ond time.

Mag­is­trate Ken Stan­ton yes­ter­day sen­tenced Pullen to a seven-month jail term, wholly sus­pended on the con­di­tion that she com­pletes a 12-month com­mu­nity cor­rec­tions or­der, re­quir­ing her to do 98 hours’ com­mu­nity ser­vice and take part in treat­ment for al­co­hol ad­dic­tion and a sober driver pro­gram.

Launce­s­ton Mag­is­trates Court heard Pullen first came to the at­ten­tion of po­lice on Sun­day, April 28, when a wit­ness re­ported a woman driv­ing er­rat­i­cally to the Olde Tudor Ho­tel bot­tle shop in Sum­mer­hill.

Bot­tle shop at­ten­dants were con­cerned at how un­steady Pullen was on her feet and when po­lice ar­rived, they found her in the car.

Pullen re­turned a reading of 0.350 — seven times the le­gal limit — but told po­lice she had only con­sumed “two small cups of vodka”.

She was taken by am­bu­lance to hospi­tal.

The fol­low­ing Wed­nes­day morn­ing, po­lice were again alerted to Pullen’s driv­ing and found her sit­ting in a car out­side a unit in Laven­der Grove.

The court heard a wit­ness saw her drive into the drive­way and stall the car.

Pullen, who had two bot­tles of vodka in her car, told po­lice she had just driven to a bot­tle shop to buy more al­co­hol and had con­sumed two vod­kas with or­ange.

Af­ter she re­turned a reading of 0.324, her car was im­pounded for 28 days.

De­fence lawyer Lucy Flana­gan said Pullen “clearly has an is­sue with al­co­hol” and used it as a “cop­ing mech­a­nism”.

Ms Flana­gan said Pullen had been deeply af­fected by per­sonal dif­fi­cul­ties at the time, in­clud­ing the death of her for­mer part­ner.

She was sup­ported by her par­ents when she ap­peared in court yes­ter­day.

The court heard Pullen had al­ready sought pro­fes­sional help to ad­dress her men­tal health is­sues be­fore the two drink-driv­ing in­ci­dents.

Pullen had pleaded guilty to the two counts of high-range drink driv­ing, while a charge of driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied was dismissed.

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