Ignoring instinct costs driver

A WOMAN who ignored her initial instinct to catch a taxi will be off the road for the next few months.

Lynelle Mary McGuire pleaded guilty to one count of drink-driving in court on Friday.

Police prosecutor Constable Troy Daubaras told the court the defendant was caught on Gladstone-Benaraby Road at 10.15pm on February 26.

She registered a blood alcohol concentration of 0.070.

“The defendant has a good traffic history,” Const Daubaras said.

Chris Trevor and Associates defence solicitor Stacey O’Gorman told the court her client was beside herself about the incident.

“To say she is embarrassed is an understatement,” Ms O’Gorman said.

Her first appearance in court was due to a “miscalculation”, Ms O’Gorman said.

The court heard Mrs McGuire had been dining with her husband on the night and experienced pedestrian service at a local restaurant.

“My client had three wines over a three-to-four hour period,” Ms O’Gorman said.

“She suggested catching a taxi, but her husband said, ‘You’ll be fine’.

“She never thought she’d be over (the limit).”

The court heard Mrs McGuire was an outstanding citizen and highly regarded in the community for her work.

Magistrate Damian Carroll said he believed the embarrassment of facing court would be more severe than the punishment he imposed.

No conviction was recorded, a $600 fine handed down and a disqualification period of two months.



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