Driving after six vodka cokes ‘an error in judgement’
GIVING into pressure after drinking did not end well for one Tara woman.
Sarah Jane Coulson pleaded guilty to one charge of driving while over the middle alcohol limit in the Dalby Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
The police prosecutor told the court police had observed Coulson’s vehicle and conducted a roadside breath test at around 12.30 on April 23.
After a positive roadside test she was transported to the police station for further testing, which resulted in a reading of .124.
Coulson allegedly told police she had had about six vodka coke drinks at a local pub before walking home.
Coulson’s legal representative said two male acquaintances had followed Coulson to her residence to collect a carton of beer they had left there on a previous occasion.
After collecting their carton they allegedly requested for her to drive them home, which she said she refused.
The men then allegedly threatened to take her keys and drive themselves.
Coulson then allegedly gave in and drove them to their destination.
The duty lawyer said Coulson accepted in hindsight that her decision making was not at its best and she could have brought the matter to the attention of police.
Magistrate Kay Ryan took into account Coulson’s young age, good job, strong standing in the community and co-operation with police.
Coulson was convicted with conviction not recorded and fined $700.
She was disqualified from driving for three months.