Drink-drive P-plater jailed

A P-PLATE driver has spent a month sobering up in jail after she was caught drink-driving twice in one day and again two weeks later.

Jessie Lee James, 25, pleaded guilty to 16 charges for offences committed while she was “off the rails” in March when she faced Gympie Magistrates Court from the dock on Wednesday. Her month of mayhem began at around 12.30am, March 12, when officers were called to a disturbance at the Gympie Hospital.

James was found sitting in her parked car and admitted taking pills and drinking three-quarters of a cask of wine before she left her Curra home for the hospital.

The duty nurse told police James had entered the foyer and gone on a violent abusive tirade, throwing a wet-floor sign across the room and ripping posters off the walls.

When told she was under arrest, James had to be physically restrained by police while she lashed out, trying to head-butt and karate-kick the officers.

She continued to do this at the police station and she was eventually breath-tested, recording a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .188 per cent.

James was charged with two counts of assault or obstruct police and for driving under the influence of alcohol or a drug. She was immediately suspended from driving for 24 hours and granted watchouse bail in the morning but that didn’t stop her from driving as soon as she was released.

With alcohol still on board, James got behind the wheel of her Holden Commodore and was intercepted by police for a random breath test at around 10.30am in King Street. She had a BAC of .031 per cent and was charged for drink driving and driving while disqualified.

James was held in custody and granted bail in Gympie Magistrates Court with her licence automatically suspended pending the outcome of court proceedings.

Police were again called to a disturbance involving James at the Gympie Hospital on March 26. She was in the waiting room demanding sleeping pills from medical staff.

Denying she drove to the hospital, Jessie James said someone had driven her from Curra however, a witness said he saw her exit the driver’s side of her car.

James took officers to where her car was parked and put the key in the ignition.

She was charged with disqualified driving and taken back to the police station where she was breathalysed, recording a BAC of .181.

James was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and being in charge of a vehicle while under the influence.

The court heard this week that James, of Stanley Street, Gympie, was to be dealt with for drink driving (with a BAC of .124 per cent) and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle from October last year at Childers, which she failed to appear for in Childers Magistrates Court.

She was also charged with possession of cannabis and a pipe.

Magistrate Maxine Baldwin asked what triggered the series of events but James said it was not one particular time or thing that made her snap but and accumulation of issues that built up over time.

The court heard James' behaviour at the hospital was a cry for help.

James was disqualified from driving for two years, sentenced to one month in jail already served, six months jail suspended for three years and another six months prison with immediate parole.

She was also placed on probation for two years.

Gympie Times


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