MasterChef winner caught drink-driving
INAUGURAL MasterChef winner and popular morning radio host Julie Goodwin has been busted drink-driving after doing a runner to avoid a roadside breath test.
Brisbane Water Chief Inspector Nigel Webber confirmed officers were conducting a roadside RBT on the Pacific Highway at North Gosford about 8pm on Thursday when they saw Goodwin’s distinctive Mini Cooper – with personalised plates `cookin’ – approach.
“Police will allege a Mini Cooper sedan approached the RBT site before conducting a U-turn and driving away,” Chief Insp Webber said.
Police gave chase and located Goodwin and her car in a nearby side street, close to her restaurant and cooking school Julie’s Place.
Chief Insp Webber confirmed “a 47-year-old woman from Niagara Park” failed a road side breath test before being arrested and taken to Gosford Police Station.
Back at the station Goodwin returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.107 – more than double the legal limit.
She was charged with mid range drink-driving and her licence was suspended on the spot.
In a statement, Goodwin admitted her “great shame and regret” and said she took full responsibility for her actions.