Jasmin Whitehead, 26, pleaded guilty to driving while almost four times the legal alcohol limit in Mackay Magistrates Court.
Jasmin Whitehead, 26, pleaded guilty to driving while almost four times the legal alcohol limit in Mackay Magistrates Court.

Drink-driving could cost much more than just your licence

A MAGISTRATE has said it's "not unusual" for her to deal with defendants "that wheel themselves into court and are paraplegic" due to drink-driving crashes.

Magistrate Nerida Wilson made the comments while sentencing Walkerston's Jasmin Whitehead, who crashed her car while driving almost four times over the alcohol limit on May 17.

Whitehead, 26, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, pleading guilty to driving under the influence about 11am on May 17 on the Peak Downs Highway

Prosecutor James Grehan said Whitehead's run-in with the law began when police were called to a car crash on the highway and came across Whitehead.

After blowing 0.19% in a breath test, Whitehead told police she had had about 10 post-mix gins with a meal and had been at a party at a friend's house in the hours prior.

Defence solicitor Phillip Moore said Whitehead did not have a history of similar offences "which speaks much more loudly than anything I can really say".

In her sentencing remarks, Ms Wilson said she hoped Whitehead had reflected on her decision to get behind the wheel.

"Because every time you drive on the road four times over the legal limit you surely must put not only your own life in danger, but everyone else on the road," she said.

"It's not unusual for me to deal with people in this court that wheel themselves into court and are paraplegic as a result of car accidents... which render them paraplegic for life.

"Now, I don't know what part of that you didn't think about during the binge that you went on. But the next time you go out drinking you leave your keys with someone else."

Ms Wilson said if Whitehead appeared before the court again she would be dealt with more harshly.

Whitehead was disqualified from driving for a year, fined $1200 and a conviction was recorded.


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