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‘Slutty dancer’ in noisy sister bop

BOOZED up on cider Michelle Prentice crashed her car into two parked vehicles on Boyne Island at 4.30am then punched the lady in the face who came to her aid.

An unimpressed magistrate Jason Schubert ordered Prentice to pay the "Good Samaritan" $300 compensation for the suffering caused to her in an assault, and to complete 40 hours of unpaid community work.

Prentice, 25, of Boyne Island, pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to assault causing bodily harm in a public place to the woman on September 1 when adversely affected by alcohol, and driving under the influence at 4.30am with an alcohol reading of .197 - nearly four times the legal limit.

She was fined $1200 for driving under the influence and disqualified for 12 months.

Prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens said Prentice told police she drank five cans of cider then cask wine before driving that night.

He said a resident of Beltana Drive heard the crash, called police then ran to help Prentice.

"She saw her in the driver's seat, obviously injured and attempted to comfort her, telling her to stay calm" Sgt Stevens said.

"She swung her left arm with a closed fist and punched her below the right eye.

"It caused her throbbing pain.

"Prentice was yelling and swearing, another person had to restrain her."

Sgt Stevens said Prentice was taken to hospital and has no recollection of assaulting the woman.

"She says that if she had it would have been self defence," he said.

In a separate matter police were called to a house in Clinton after getting three emergency 000 calls soon after midnight on Tuesday, September 15.

Sgt Stevens said officers found Prentice's sister standing on the roadside crying. Prentice was standing on a balcony yelling and swearing.

The sister told police Prentice was turning the music up loud despite the late hour and been "dancing slutty" on the balcony.

"She says we are mothers, we can have drinks, listen to music but it was late Monday night and people needed to work the next day," Sgt Stevens said.

"There was a verbal argument and she made threats to hit her. She (Prentice) slapped her in the face with an open hand. She also backhanded her."

He said Prentice was very intoxicated and unsteady on her feet at the time.

Her actions were a breach of prior bail conditions. Mr Schubert convicted her of the breach but took no further action.

In her defence, lawyer Jun Pepito said Prentice had been under stress and began using alcohol following a relationship break-up and because her father had been missing for over a year.

And she realised her drinking to excess had to stop.

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