A WOMAN who refused a breath test after driving erratically through Port Fairy on a summer’s evening has been banned from driving for two years.
Kate Sclater, 33, of Derby Street, Warrnambool, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Monday to single counts of refusing a breath test, driving without a licence, driving in a dangerous manner and driving an unregistered vehicle.
The court heard that on February 14 this year Sclater drank six cans of Jim Beam and cola before she drove an unregistered vehicle through Port Fairy around 7pm.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Sandra Skilton said Sclater was “driving in an erratic and dangerous manner (and veering) on to the footpath and the nature strip” in a street where children regularly played.
Witnesses told police Sclater appeared to lose control of the vehicle and it came to a halt in the middle of the street, the court heard.
Sergeant Skilton told the court that the witnesses approached Sclater’s car and removed the keys. Sclater then fled the scene.
When police officers attended at her home, she was “abusive and unco-operative”, but eventually accompanied them to the police station, only to refuse a breath test, the court heard.
Sergeant Skilton said Sclater told police “if I had a breath test I’d be over” and “no, I don’t have a f...... licence”.
Sclater, representing herself in court, said she had received counselling for her drinking, had moved from Port Fairy and started a TAFE course.
Magistrate Peter Mellas congratulated her on getting alcohol counselling, saying that making “the decision to get help made it less likely she would get into that situation again”.
Mr Mellas banned Sclater from driving for two years and convicted and fined her $850, plus $113.90 in costs.