Accused felt 'victimised'
DENYING police accusations that she obstructed officers and committed serious assaults at Inskip Point on January 16, Kristy Joan Yellowlea pleaded not guilty to those charges in Gympie Magistrates Court but did admit she failed to supply a specimen of breath or blood that day.
Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said Yellowlea, 39, would now have to face a “double whammy” and be punished twice for drink driving as she would be penalised for driving with the highest blood alcohol concentration (BAC) reading and for failing to supply, which was a minimum of 20 months disqualification on her licence.
The court heard Yellowlea was given two notices to provide by police officers. The first she put in her mouth and chewed it and the second she used as a cigarette paper to roll her tobacco in.
Yellowlea had been transported to Gympie Hospital after police intercepted her car on Inskip Point Road and she collapsed in front of them.
She told the court she felt wrongly victimised but accepted that refusing to provide a specimen to police was “the wrong thing to do”.
“The law’s there,” Mrs Baldwin told Yellowlea. “If the police ask for blood you’ve got to give it.”
Yellowlea, of Bullock Point, Rainbow Beach was fined $2000 and disqualified from driving for 20 months.