Woman six times over limit with children in car

A WHITSUNDAY woman has paid a heavy price for jumping behind the wheel six times over the legal limit as she picked up her two children from school.

About 3pm on March 23, police were contacted by a teacher at a Whitsunday school, who said they saw the woman looking intoxicated as she left with her two children.

As police drove into the street where the woman lived, they saw her walk through her front door, the Proserpine Magistrates Court heard on Monday.

However the children did not go in with her, but were hiding outside and one was not empty-handed.

Officers approached the children, who were hiding behind a bush looking nervous, and saw one holding a bottle of wine, which had about one-fifth of its contents left.

The woman was found in her bedroom and when questioned by police she said she had driven home and had not consumed any alcohol since leaving the house but admitted she had consumed liquor during theday.

This prompted officers to conduct a roadside breath test, which returned a positive reading.

The woman admitted to consuming one bottle of wine during the day from 8am, with her last drink at 2.45pm.

At 4.11pm the woman delivered a reading of 0.336.

Magistrate Ronald Muirhead said "the reading is extremely high" and "it's past the stage where fines should be imposed".

The woman told the court she had returned to Airlie Beach where she had been involved in a relationship and said there were "lots of triggers" leading to the offence.

She said she had tried to get someone else to pick up the kids but was unsuccessful.

Appearing as duty lawyer, Cleo Rewald said the woman "was not thinking straight" having found out her mother had been diagnosed with an incurable condition.

Magistrate Muirhead placed the woman on probation for two years, as well as imposing a $1000 fine and two years' disqualification from driving.


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