Drink driving agent falls asleep at wheel on morning commute
A Townsville real estate agent was more than four times the legal limit when police found her asleep stopped at a red light.
Donna Michelle Bosgra, 51, has been slapped with a $2000 fine and banned from the roads for the next year.
On August 4, this year she woke up after a heavy night of drinking, went to the gym and then started driving to work.
The last thing she can remember before police woke her up about 9.30am was stopping at a red light at the intersection of Ross River Rd and Riverway Dr.
When she was breath tested, Bosgra returned a result of 0.220 per cent.
Bosgra pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of liquor in the Townsville Magistrates Court on Thursday where Magistrate Steven Mosch labelled her behaviour "very concerning."
Police prosecutor Senior Sergeant Felicity Nalder told the court another motorist flagged down police after noticing Bosgra fell asleep at the wheel.
Ms Nalder said when officers spoke with her, Bosgra appeared "clear and coherent."
Police requested she undertake a breath test after smelling liquor on her breath.
"The defendant admitted that she had been drinking vodka during the night and that she had stopped drinking between 3am and 5am," Ms Nalder said.
Defence lawyer Richard Scholl said the matter was "completely out of character" for his client who was regarded as an upstanding member of the community.
He said Bosgra has been employed in the real estate and motor industry for the past 18 years.
Mr Scholl said Bosgra and her cousin had an "unplanned and spontaneous" celebration that night after the family worked to overcome a tragic loss.
"My client does not normally drink vodka and it is something out of the ordinary for her and she severely underestimated the effect," he said
Mr Scholl said Bosgra was "absolutely shocked" by the level of her reading.
In sentencing, Magistrate Steven Mosch said he took into account Bosgra's limited traffic history and standing in the community.
He said it was fortunate her manner of driving was not out of control and that her actions did not injure any other road users.
"You should not have been driving," he said.
Bosgra was fined $2000 and was disqualified from driving for 12 months.
A conviction was recorded.
Originally published as Drink driving agent falls asleep at wheel on morning commute