Yard crash driver on drugs

A DRIVER who admitted to being under the influence of drugs when she crashed into the front yard of a west Warrnambool home is more than $1000 out of pocket.

Michelle Brereton, 30, of Anne Street, Koroit, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court this week to careless driving and failing to have proper control of her vehicle.

In a contest mention hearing to clarify issues surrounding the case, police alleged that at 6.45pm on January 18 last year Brereton was driving a Ford Festiva east along Fitzroy Road when she attempted to turn right into Clyde Crescent. She was travelling too fast and crashed into the front yard of a house. 

Police claim Brereton admitted being under the influence of amphetamine and attention deficit disorder medication.

She said she was travelling at 70km/h in a 50km/h zone.

A blood sample was taken from Brereton but forensic analysis showed she had no drugs in her system.

Brereton was convicted and fined $500 with $110 costs, her licence was suspended for three months and she was ordered to pay $550 restitution.

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