Drug cocktail had driver mounting gutters on way to work

A WOMAN who mixed prescription medication and booze before driving is now counting the cost.

Glenda Maree Mackenzie, 45, was spotted driving all over the road and mounting gutters as she travelled along Robertson Rd at Eastern Heights on March 19 this year.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard police pulled Mackenzie over at Whitehill Rd, where she admitted taking valium pills and drinking a bottle of wine.

She later returned a reading of 0.151.

Defence lawyer Natasha Shorter said Mackenzie had been involved in an argument that day and took her prescription medication to try to calm her nerves.

She was then called in to work and, despite being badly affected by medication and alcohol, decided to drive because she didn't want to disappoint her employer.

Ms Shorter said Mackenzie's licence had been automatically suspended since the offence and she asked Magistrate Andy Cridland to bear this in mind when deciding on the sentence.

Mr Cridland took this into account before deciding to fine Mackenzie $700 and disqualify her from holding a licence for a further six months.

QT's name and shame: This week's drink drivers

  • Hy Ngoan Duong, 48, of Churchable, pleaded guilty to driving while over the general alcohol limit at Atkinson Dam on August 8. He was fined $420 and placed on a restricted licence for six months.
  • Callum Thomas Finn, 19, of Bundamba, was disqualified for 12m and fined $900 after admitting to driving while unlicensed and over the middle alcohol limit at Bundamba on August 23.
  • Robert Matthew Allen, 60, of Eagleby, pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit on August 14 at Redbank. He was fined $200 and disqualified from holding a licence for nine months.
  • Andrew Francis Gray, 48, of North Booval, was fined $1500 and disqualified from holding a licence for separate periods of nine months and three months after admitting to driving while over the middle alcohol limit, driving without an interlock device fitted as required and urinating in public at Goodna on June 13.
  • Anthony Edward Hermeston, 23, of Keperra, was fined $400 and disqualified from holding a licence for one month after admitting to driving while a drug was present in his system at Tarome on January 17 this year.


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