Female driver drunk, and no pants

A MOTHER of three convicted on a seventh charge of drink-driving, this time semi-naked, narrowly missed jail when she appeared in Kyogle Local Court recently.

Anne Osborne, 47, of Old Koreelah, west of Woodenbong, was stopped by police at 3.30pm on September 13 on the Mt Lindesay Highway near Koreelah.

When police approached her vehicle she called out, ‘Don’t come any closer love, got no pants on’, the court was told.

Police allowed her the time to get dressed.

Osborne smelt of alcohol and had a mug of rum and Coke in the car, and a bottle of rum on the rear floor.

She became abusive and attempted to drink from the mug.

A breath test returned a reading of 0.140.

Osborne was taken to Woodenbong police station, kicking and hitting the walls of the caged police van.

At the station she calmed down and revealed that she had been drinking for 24 hours, but had only four ‘pots’ of rum and Coke.

Defending barrister David Imlah said his client had been in a troubled relationship and that she wanted to do something about this, and ‘get back into society’, but that she was afraid to leave what was familiar.

Magistrate Robyn Denes said the facts of the case were ‘bizarre’.

She noted that Queensland courts had disqualified and fined Osborne for previous drink-driving offences, but that this ‘hadn’t worked’.

“You are the one who chooses to drink and then get into a car, posing a threat to other people around you. You must take responsibility for your actions,” she said.

“Would you walk around with a loaded firearm?” she asked.

Ms Denes sentenced Osborne to a nine months’ jail sentence, suspended on the condition of a good behaviour bond, and that she attend the Lismore probation service. She also disqualified her from driving for three years.

“If you breach the bond within nine months, you will go to jail,” she warned.

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