Wine drink-driver off road for 27 months

A WARRNAMBOOL woman who told police she  drank two bottles of wine the night before recording a blood-alcohol reading more than five times the legal limit has lost her licence for 27 months.

Robyn Hill-Blain, 44, of Mortlake Road, pleaded guilty yesterday in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to drink-driving. Hill-Blain, who had a blood-alcohol level of .274,  was convicted and fined $350 with $73 costs and lost her driver’s licence for 27 months.

Police said Hill-Blain was seen by a police officer driving a Holden sedan along Mortlake Road at 3.50pm on August 27 last year.

A preliminary breath test indicated a positive reading and an evidentiary test at the police station gave a .27 reading.

Police allege Hill-Blain told an officer she had only one glass of wine before visiting her mother but had consumed two bottles of wine the night before.

Hill-Blain told the court yesterday that information was not correct. She claimed she had told the police officer she had been to see her mother and then had two glasses of wine at a hotel before driving and being intercepted.

Hill-Blain said she had consumed only four drinks in the past three months, attended at the Western Region Alcohol and Drug centre to seek assistance and was currently in a tight financial position.

Hill-Blain said at the time she was picked up she had been on medication. She has since sold her car.

Magistrate Peter Mellas said Hill-Blain had no prior convictions, had pleaded guilty and he took into her account her financial situation in imposing the moderate fine.

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