Drink driving charge, Hervey Bay

Police are warning motorists against “taking the back roads” home from a night out drinking after a Hervey Bay woman was charged with high range drink driving on Friday night.

It will be alleged around 8pm on May 5 police were conducting patrols on Torquay Terrace when they intercepted a vehicle for a RBT (Roadside Breath Test) and licence check.

The driver, a 57-year-old local woman, disclosed to officers she had allegedly consumed up to 10 glasses of wine and had driven herself between licensed venues.

She seemed surprised police had come across her as she had taken the back roads and thought she would not get caught.

The woman allegedly returned a RBT reading of .211%, more than four times the legal limit, and further inquiries revealed she had been driving unlicensed in Hervey Bay for the last year.

She was charged with driving under the influence, unlicensed driving and failure to appear and had her car impounded.

She was due to appear in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on May 6.

Maryborough Patrol Group Inspector Paul Biggin said the woman was very lucky not have hurt herself or someone else.

“We’ve had seven fatalities in the Tiaro area alone in the past twelve months and it seems as though people just aren’t getting the message,” he said.

“Each life lost has a tremendous impact not only on the families of the victims, but also the emergency services personnel who attend these crash scenes,”

“If you continue to drink drive police will eventually catch up with you.”

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