Woman jailed, loses licence for 18 years

VERONICA Rose Drew will not be eligible to drive for the next 18 years, and will spend the next eight months in jail, after she breached a good behaviour bond for drink-driving, by drink-driving.

The 43-year-old Coraki woman was caught by police driving a car in Highfield Terrace, Goonellabah, in March, 2005.

Police ordered her to stop and gave her a breath test, which returned a positive result. At the same time police discovered she was driving an unregistered and uninsured car while disqualified from driving.

A later breath analysis revealed Drew had a high-range blood-alcohol level of 0.160.

Her decision to drink and drive automatically breached a bond imposed in Grafton Local Court in 2004, also for driving with a high-range blood-alcohol content.

In the Lismore Local Court last Friday, Magistrate Kim Pogson said while Drew had begun to address her drinking problems the offences were serious.

He said Drew had five prior convictions for driving while disqualified and other high-range drink-driving offences.

Drew was sentenced to 18 months' in jail, with a non-parole period of nine months, backdated to October this year.

She was also fined $700 and disqualified from driving for another five years until October, 2026.



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