Female driver in a spin after too many whiskies
DRIVING south on a wet Bruce Highway with too many whiskies downed, Tegan Brookes was behind the wheel of her silver Mazda when it spun off the road and into a ditch.
A truck driver came upon the crash scene late at night 30km north of Gin Gin where her crumpled small sedan ended upside down in a ditch.
Brookes, 27, told Gladstone Magistrates Court the car was a write-off and because she had been drinking alcohol the insurance company did not pay out the $6800.
Brookes pleaded guilty to drink driving with an alcohol reading of 0.052 on February 5; and driving without due care and attention.
Prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens said the crash happened at 2am.
Brookes told police she drank four scotches that night and lost control of her car on a corner in the wet conditions.
Sgt Stevens said it was raining and Brookes had not slowed down enough, with the Mazda spinning around several times across the traffic lanes.
It struck an embankment then rolled into the ditch.
He said it was fortunate that no one was severely injured.
Magistrate Penelope Hay asked Brookes, who represented herself in court, how much damage was done to her car, and queried her about whether her insurance company paid for the damage to the car.
Brookes replied that it was written-off and her insurance did not pay out on its value of $6800.
Ms Hay took into account the single mother of two had suffered significant financial punishment as a consequence of her offence.
"You are very fortunate you or no one else was injured as a result," Ms Hay said.
Brookes was fined $500 and her licence disqualified for one month.