Community service for driver three times over limit

A FAMILY, including three young children and a baby, were in a car forced off the road, in a "terrifying" encounter with a drink-driver.

Yasmin Margaret Mills, 42, appeared in the Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday on a charge of dangerous operation of a vehicle.

Mills was more than three times over the limit when she crashed into the family's car at Rural View on December 25, 2015.

"You had a blood alcohol limit of 0.166%. They saw you veering and could not avoid a collision. The vehicle careered down an embankment and rolled several times," Magistrate Nerida Wilson said.

The court was told that Mills had driven while over the limit on five occasions over the past 19 years.

"... it could have easily resulted in serious injury or death," the magistrate said.

Ms Wilson took into consideration Mills' early guilty plea, "impeccable" work history, character references and attendance at counselling. Ms Mills was ordered to serve a six-months prison sentence by way of an intensive corrections order, to be served in the community. A conviction was recorded. She was disqualified from driving for two years.

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