Gympie woman flies through intersection in drunken crash
A 58-YEAR-OLD mother who rolled her car while driving under the influence and a young man caught speeding at 170km/h were two of 13 Gympie region drink or drug drivers to answer for their actions in court.
The Gympie Magistrates Court heard late last week Judy Marie McKenna, 58, was driving under the influence when she crashed her Mitsubishi Pajero through road signs on the Rainbow Beach Rd/Tin Can Bay Rd intersection and rolled it into scrubland at Wallu on December 14.
When police found her at the scene about 9pm, McKenna told them she'd had "four or five heavy stubbies" before leaving a Rainbow Beach address to escape a dispute about fifteen minutes before the crash.
Officers breath tested her and returned a result of .183. Magistrate Chris Callaghan noted McKenna, the mother of an 18-year-old daughter, had a limited driving history and accepted she was trying to leave the dispute, but maintained it was "no excuse" for her to drive.
McKenna pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. She was fined $800 and banned from driving for another seven months.
Lewis Leslie William Skipper, 20, was also caught driving under the influence when he lost control of his car in the Mary Valley Showgrounds carpark following the inaugural Imbil Bull Bronc Barrels event on January 5.
Skipper had tried to spin the wheels of his Holden Commodore and lost control, smashing the tail-lights of another car. He registered a breath test reading of .171.
Mr Callaghan summed up Skipper's actions as "pretty stupid" but said it showed his actions were out of character, noting he had no previous convictions whatsoever.
Skipper was disqualified from driving for six months and fined $800 with no conviction recorded.
Cory James Coward, 27, was pulled over on the Bruce Highway at Cooran on December 23 after police clocked him travelling 170km/h/h in a 110km/h zone.
Coward blew .107 in a subsequent breath test. He was fined $600 and banned from driving for three months after pleading guilty to driving over the middle alcohol limit, on top of a $1245 speeding fine.
Thomas Lawrence Young, 25, fled the scene after he crashed on Sandy Creek Rd at Veteran just after 4am on December 22.
Young pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention and driving while over the middle alcohol limit. He was fined $800 and disqualified from driving for four months with no conviction recorded.
Hayden Darrin Cork, 24, drove over middle alcohol limit in Cooloola Cove when he blew .119 on January 2.
Cork was fined $600 and disqualified from driving for four months, but was granted a restricted work licence for that time. A conviction was not recorded.
Kenneth John Farrugia, 48, blew .093 on Jane St at about 9.10pm on November 5. He pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit and was fined $750, with a three-month driving ban.
Blayde William Lloyd Harvey-Coote, 24, only just tipped the middle alcohol limit when he blew .101 on a provisional licence at 3.25am on January 1.
Harvey-Coote was fined $600 and banned from driving for the mandatory minimum three months.
Peter Bruce Morgan, 42, drove with methylamphetamine in his saliva while on a probationary licence at Traveston on November 7.
He was fined $200 and disqualified from driving for the mandatory minimum three months.
Jodie Sherie Knowles, 50, was caught driving with methylamphetamine in her saliva on July 22, October 30 and November 28 last year. On the third occasion she was also driving on a disqualified licence.
Knowles received a total driving ban of two years and three months, along with a $600 fine.
Joel Alan Langridge, 27, blew .069 when he was stopped by police on Sorensen Rd at Southside on December 31.
Langridge pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit and was fined $200. He was disqualified from driving for one month but granted a restricted work licence.
Janet Lund, 62, had no traffic history whatsoever when she blew .080 on December 20 at Elizabeth St, Kandanga.
Lund was fined $300 and banned from driving for one month with no conviction recorded.
Kyle Gregory Power, 22, drove over general alcohol limit on a vacant property at East Deep Creek at about 8.45pm on December 20.
Power blew .078, leading to a $350 fine and a one month driving ban. No conviction was recorded.
Kimba Warren Rowlands, 21, appeared in the court on Monday and pleaded guilty to driving over the middle alcohol limit and not having full control of his vehicle on December 14 at Victory Heights.
The court heard Rowlands blew .129 after he crashed his Toyota Hiace on the Gympie connection road while driving three friends home from a night out.
Rowlands was fined $600 and disqualified from driving for three months, but he was granted a restricted work licence for that time. No conviction was recorded against him.