One night of madness
A MOUNT Larcom woman walked free from court this week, after she was caught drink driving three times in one night.
Forty-year-old traffic controller Brenda Anna Millar pleaded guilty to nine charges in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Monday.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Graham Seabrook, outside court, said despite already being disqualified from driving because of previous drink driving offences, Millar was stopped by police at 11.15pm on Friday.
She later provided a breath alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.203.
Five hours later Millar was again stopped by police this time on the Dawson Highway where she was still well over the limit with a BAC of 0.154.
Then, at 5.30am she was stopped again by police while driving.
She initially failed to give a breath sample but later gave a BAC of 0.139.
The night saw her rack up her sixth drink driving and seventh disqualified driving offence in four years.
Sgt Seabrook submitted to the court that based on her second and third lot of drink driving offences, Millar should serve actual jail time.
Magistrate Joan White sentenced Millar to three months jail wholly suspended for 18 months and disqualified her for two years, according to Sgt Seabrook.
Senior Sergeant Leigh Burt said he had expected Millar's third, fourth and fifth offences within five years would land her in jail.
"It came as a shock that her term of imprisonment was wholly suspended,'' Snr Sgt Burt said.
"Police were surprised at the decision, however, we have no jurisdiction over the court. The court is a completely different entity.
"But we will still continue with our increased Random Breath Testing campaign over Christmas and every person over the limit will be charged and will be put before the court,'' he warned.
"We still insist drink drivers are a menace and should be kept off the roads.