Sleeping in car drunk costs woman licence

MERELY sleeping in her car was enough to have Oakey woman Naomi Margaret Meyer charged with being drunk while in charge of a motor vehicle.

Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard the 27-year-old had been arguing with her partner at an East Greenmount residence on the night of August 24.

Looking to calm matters, she had gone outside to her car to sleep, her solicitor Cliff Kroesen told the court.

It being a cold August night, Meyer had turned on the ignition to run the heater and police had arrived to find her asleep in the driver's seat with the engine running, police prosecutor Sergeant Tony Costa told the court.

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Meyer blew a breath/alcohol reading of 0.189.

She pleaded guilty to being in charge of a vehicle while under the influence of liquor.

Mr Kroesen submitted his client had no intention of driving that night and that the car was parked away from any traffic.

Magistrate Graham Lee fined Meyer $750 and disqualified her from driving for six months.

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