Minimum penalty for honesty

A LISMORE magistrate was impressed by the frank, contrite and ‘refreshing’ disclosures made in Lismore Local Court by a woman about her drink-driving and crashing her Subaru wagon.

Heather Pieremont, 51, from The Channon, represented herself and pleaded guilty to high-range drink driving – 0.150 – at 7.10pm on October 7 along the Dunoon Road at Tullera.

Police facts state the hospitality worker lost control of her car near the intersection of Flick Road.

The wagon rolled and ended up on its roof.

After freeing herself, Pieremont was waiting in the middle of the road when police arrived.

“I have issues and alcohol is one. I am an alcoholic,” she told the court in a straightforward manner.

Pieremont said that up until the night of the crash she had not had any alcohol for 12 months, and she then blamed herself for the crash.

Listening to her comments, Magistrate Michael Dakin said it would be very difficult to imagine anyone before the court ‘more contrite than you are’. “It is refreshing,” he said.

Pieremont said she accepted that the loss of her licence would make life difficult.

She also said the damage to her wagon had caused her enough trouble to make her regret her actions.

Mr Dakin said the offence involved a high blood-alcohol reading, but her prior driving record was unexceptional.

He took into account her ‘complete candour’ with the court and gave Pieremont the minimum 12 months licence disqualification and a $600 fine.



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