Woman banned for being three times over limit

A 52-year-old woman caught driving while three times over the legal alcohol limit has been fined and banned from the roads.

Karen Woollery, from Sandys, admitted in Magistrates’ Court yesterday to driving in Warwick while impaired by alcohol on December 17.

The court heard that a police officer in an unmarked car saw Woollery repeatedly swerve into the eastbound lane as she headed west on Middle Road at 1.35am.

The officer alerted police operations and Woollery was stopped.

Officers noticed she was unsteady on her feet, her breath smelled of alcohol and her speech was slurred.

Asked if she had been drinking, she said: “No, I have not.”

Woollery was arrested and taken to Hamilton Police Station where she agreed to give a breath sample.

The lower reading showed she had 243 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood — three times the legal limit of 80mg.

In court, Woollery said it was her first driving offence in 30 years and asked to keep her licence.

But magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo explained that the offence attracts a mandatory driving ban. He fined Woollery $1,200 and disqualified her from driving all vehicles for 18 months.

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