MasterChef win­ner caught drink-driv­ing

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

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.

Julie Good­win.

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