Mum was 3 times limit

A MOTHER who gave in to her son’s continual texts to come and pick him up faced Gladstone Magistrates Court on a drink-driving charge of more than three times the legal limit.

Kimberley Ellen Murray pleaded guilty to the offence.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Mick O’Rourke told the court Murray was intercepted by police at 12.45am on June 14 on the Tannum Sands Road.

The 38-year-old teacher had a blood alcohol reading of 0.155%.

Defence solicitor David Bezuidenhout said his client drove one kilometre from her house to pick her son up after several texts from him begging for a lift home.

“She is very remorseful and it is a huge embarrassment for her and totally out of character,” he said.

The defendant, who had no previous traffic history, provided character references to the court.

Magistrate Damian Carroll fined Murray $1200, or 15 days in jail, with a conviction recorded.

She was also disqualified from driving for nine months.

Meanwhile, a learner driver also faced court for drink-driving, not having an open license holder in the car and not displaying L plates. David Charles Still, who represented himself, pleaded guilty to the charges.

Sgt O’Rourke said police pulled Still over at 1.36am on May 25 on Goondoon Street. The defendant, who was required to have a zero alcohol limit on a learner’s permit, recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.041.

The 19-year-old, who had no previous traffic history, also had passengers in the car.

Magistrate Damian Carroll fined Still $500 or seven days in jail and disqualified him from driving for three months.

“You are a young and inexperienced driver who was drinking with no open license holder in the car – it is a recipe for disaster. Young people die in car accidents every day,” Mr Carroll said.



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