A WARRNAMBOOL woman who was five times over the legal blood-alcohol limit when she had a head-on collision has been placed on a community corrections order.
Sheree Young, 38, of Raglan Parade, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to drink-driving, failing to carry her driver’s licence while a probationary driver, using an unroadworthy vehicle and careless driving.
Police said that on February 12 Young was driving a South Australian registered vehicle south on Caramut Road.
Witnesses said Young swerved all over the road and forced a number of drivers to take evasive action to avoid collisions.
When she reached the outskirts of Warrnambool, near Coghlans Road, Young crossed onto the wrong side of the road and crashed head-on with a utility, the driver of which told police he had tried to avoid Young’s car.
Police officers at the accident scene said Young did not realise she was injured or that she had been involved in an accident.
She later had to be transferred to Melbourne’s The Alfred hospital, where she underwent facial reconstruction surgery after suffering fractures.
Young returned an alcohol reading of .257 when a blood sample taken at hospital was analysed.
Defence counsel Jonathan Makary said his client had been involved in a bitter custody dispute. He said she had received a number of abusive telephone calls on the day of the accident and had drank alcohol to excess.
Mr Makary said Young was going to buy cigarettes when the accident happened.
Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said for a person to be even able to drive with such a high reading they must be drinking alcohol regularly.
He said Young faced significant problems and had been self-medicating with alcohol, which was a recipe for disaster.
The magistrate said the community corrections order would provide assistance to Young on a number of levels.
She was convicted, placed on a 12-month order with conditions she complete 100 hours’ community work and undertake assessment and treatment for alcohol and mental health issues.
She was also fined $500 with $110.40 costs and her driver’s licence was cancelled for two years.