Disqualification for drunk, speeding woman

A WOMAN caught speeding in a 40km/h zone with a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit, and with a young child in her car, was yesterday fined and disqualified from driving for three years.

Vanessa Jane McGrory, 32, of Lismore, had spent a Saturday afternoon in August drinking four stubbies of beer at the Northern Rivers Hotel.

At 7.40pm she was clocked by police driving at 68km/h through roadworks in Rotary Drive, marked a 40km/h zone.

The court heard that police had followed McGrory, eventually pulling her over in McKenzie Street, Lismore.

The police breath-tested McGrory after noticing her breath smelt of alcohol and her speech was slurred. They then drove McGrory and the child to the Lismore police station.

While police entertained the six-year-old child, McGrory's breath was analysed, returning a reading of 0.160.

In the Lismore Local Court yesterday, Magistrate Nick Reimer fined McGrory $150 for speeding and $1500 for drink-driving.

McGrory was also disqualified from driving for three years until August 2011.

She was also ordered to attend the Lismore police station to have her fingerprints recorded.

Meanwhile, a Ballina P-plate driver was charged with high-range drink-driving after he was caught driving his car along the Pacific Highway at Ballina about 3am on Sunday.

The 25-year-old recorded a blood-alcohol reading of 0.155.

In another drink-driving incident on Saturday, a 31-year-old Casino woman was charged with mid-range PCA after being caught driving her car in Walker Street, Casino, about 9.30am.


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