Bottle of vodka puts drive in ditch

Terri-Ann Raynor, 38, of Mortlake Road, Warrnambool, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Monday to careless driving and drink-driving.

Terri-Ann Raynor, 38, of Mortlake Road, Warrnambool, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Monday to careless driving and drink-driving.

A WARRNAMBOOL mother who crashed her car into a ditch had consumed an entire bottle of vodka, a court has heard. 

Terri-Ann Raynor had been driving for only a few minutes on the Hopkins Highway north of Warrnambool when her car ran through a barrier and became stuck in a ditch. 

Raynor, 38, of Mortlake Road, Warrnambool, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Monday to careless driving and drink-driving. 

“The accused was heavily affected by alcohol after consuming an entire 750ml bottle of vodka ...,” police prosecutor Senior Constable Kevin Mullins said. 

After the accident Raynor gave police a blood-alcohol reading of 0.206. 

“It’s an incredibly high reading. It’s amazing you were even standing. It does show that you’ve built up a tolerance over the years,” magistrate Ann McGarvie said. 

The accused was remorseful in court, telling the magistrate “all of the different kinds of things could have happened. I could have killed myself. I could have hurt someone else”. 

“I haven’t had a drink since the accident,” she said, and was seeking treatment. 

Ms McGarvie issued Raynor with a community corrections order. 

She also had her licence disqualified for 20 months and was fined $300. 

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