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Drunk woman from The Palms crashes car on its side

DRUNK behind the wheel, a woman from The Palms launched her car into the air before crashing it on its side, Gympie Magistrates Court heard Thursday.

Veronica Rose Hurren, 52, did not come to until she was in an ambulance on her way to Gympie Hospital, where a blood test revealed her blood alcohol concentration cracked four times the legal limit.

The court heard Hurren, a self-confessed alcoholic, had drunk a cask of wine the night before the crash.

She downed her last glass around 3am.

The court heard she had been driving into Gympie from her home around 9.20am.

She told police she thought the lapse in time was long enough for her to drive.

The court heard Hurren was driving along Boyle Crt at The Palms when she missed a left-hand turn.

She drove her car along an embankment until it became airborne over a driveway and came to rest on its side.

Hurren was the sole occupant of the vehicle.

The court heard she provided a blood test for police two hours after the crash, returning a blood alcohol concentration of 0.206.

It was the third high reading Hurren had registered since 2008.

She was convicted of drink driving in 2008 and 2010, with BACs of 0.213 and 0.2.

A third high reading in three years could bring a jail sentence to a drink driver.

Magistrate Graham Hillan said had the October 14 reading been her third in five years, jail would be on the cards.

"But that doesn't disqualify me from considering it," he said.

"You've come very close in my mind to when a term of imprisonment would be imposed."

A remorseful Hurren pleaded guilty to drink driving and was fined $2400.

She also had her licence disqualified for two years.

Gympie Times

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