Drunk driver's sentence suspended

PENELOPE HOLLOWAY wanted to do the right thing after a few drinks at a 60th birthday party and drive her sister's car safely home.

But it all went pear-shaped when she crashed the car into a tree, injuring her dad, Guy Holloway.

Ms Holloway, 34, was herself injured and trapped behind the steering wheel of the car following the crash on Fernleigh Road, Fernleigh, at 9.30pm on March 7.

Holloway pleaded guilty in the Ballina Local Court last week to negligent driving; and high-range drink-driving with a blood/alcohol reading of 0.245.

Magistrate Kim Pogson fined Holloway $200 and disqualified her from driving for three years.

For the drink-driving offence she was convicted and sentenced to six months' jail, with the sentence immediately suspended. The magistrate then placed Holloway on a good behaviour bond for six months.

Police facts before the court stated Holloway failed to take a bend 500 metres north of Tintenbar Road as she trav-elled along Fernleigh Road and crashed the car off an embankment and into a tree.

She told police they caught a taxi after eating birthday cake and drinking wine at Alstonville. However, because her sister's car was left at the bottom of Fernleigh Road, Holloway decided to drive it the short distance home.

Holloway said she did not remember the impact of the crash.

“I just remember being stuck under the steering wheel and showing dad how to get my iPhone as he didn't know how to operate it,” she told police in her statement.

“I was just concentrating on getting home to my mother, who was sick and it was just a really emotional day.”

Holloway's injuries included a broken right arm, crushed vertebrae and two cracked ribs. Her father suffered cracked ribs and a bruised groin.

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