Cherie Rose Sparrow leaves Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday.
Cherie Rose Sparrow leaves Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday. Craig Warhurst

Drink driver six times over

HERVEY Bay woman Cherie Rose Sparrow was more than six times the limit when she drove through Gympie on her way home from Moorland in New South Wales.

Sparrow, 47, who was charged under the name of McCarter, had a blood alcohol concentration of .302 per cent when she was intercepted by police at the intersection of Monkland Street and the Bruce Highway on July 25.

Police officers observed Sparrow's car serving from side to side of the road and speeding through the 60kmh section of the Bruce Highway at Monkland.

An empty cask of wine and a mug were found with her when she was stopped.

Gympie Police officers had just set up a speed check point at Bridge Street when they clocked Sparrow doing 75kmh in the 60kmh zone on the Bruce Highway.

They followed her into Gympie, at a cautious distance until it was safe to stop her vehicle. When speaking with her, Sparrow appeared intoxicated and it was discovered she had been consuming alcohol while driving.

In Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday, Sparrow pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and for driving without a licence.

The court heard Sparrow had driven about 10 hours before she was stopped and police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns said a suspended term of imprisonment was not an excessive punishment considering the level of alcohol in her system.

Defence lawyer Chris Anderson said his client had been dealing with a traumatic past and coming home had caused her “a great deal of emotion”. “(Sparrow) acknowledges her actions could have killed someone,” he said.

Magistrate Maxine Baldwin told Sparrow if she needed alcohol to cope with her problems she should never go near a car. Sparrow, of Mant Street, Point Vernon, lost her licence for 20 months and was placed on 18 months' probation. She was fined $200 for driving unlicensed.

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