Four times over limit

A BARKERS Vale woman who drove her car after drinking enough wine to put her almost four times over the legal limit has been fined $1500 and had her licence suspended for 12 months.

Caroline McKilliam Howard, 53, pleaded guilty to a charge of high-range drink-driving in Lismore Local Court on Monday. Howard's solicitor told the court the situation was 'one of miscalculation rather than disregard for obligations' and that it had happened after some 'very difficult issues in her life'.

“She is remorseful and highly unlikely to reoffend,” the solicitor said.

However, Magistrate Nick Reimer said he was bound by mandatory sentencing legislation.

While Howard had provided 'enormously good' character references, he must record a conviction, he said.

Mr Reimer said it was not appropriate to dismiss a matter of high-range drink-driving unless there were extenuating circumstances surrounding the incident, such as there being an emergency requiring the person to drive.

The incident occurred on August 10.

Howard was stopped for a random breath test in Williams Road, Wadeville, after drinking four glasses of wine between 3pm and 5.30pm that afternoon.

She recorded a reading of 0.185 and was taken to Nimbin police station for a second test before being charged.



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