Mum drives at 5x over the limit to pick up kids at school

A MUM, who drove to school to pick up her children when she was more than five times over the legal alcohol limit, has copped a $1900 fine and been disqualified from driving for 17 months.

Savannah Grice, 39, pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to driving under the influence of liquor with an alcohol reading of 0.26 at 2.55pm on Thursday, September 3.

Police prosecutor constable Tina Vee said a witness called police to say they saw a woman driving a white ute at the Boyne Island State School who was attempting to pick up children.

The witness alleged that the driver appeared to be intoxicated.

Const Vee said officers found Grice asleep in her ute.

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Grice, who was unstable on her feet with blood shot eyes, at first denied to the officers that she had been driving that day.

However, Const Vee said the woman eventually admitted she drove to the school that afternoon with the intention to collect her children.

Grice was given a breath test that proved positive with an alcohol concentration of 0.26.

Defence lawyer Jun Pepito said it was an unfortunate problem as she had been drinking that day.

He said her husband had written a letter to the court that explained why Grice had been drinking that day.

A medical letter was tended that referred to Grice receiving counselling.

Mr Pepito said Grice decided to drive and collect her children, not realising her husband had organised for someone else to collect them.

"She had no reason, it was an error," he said.

Magistrate Mark Morrow said it was a very high reading.

He noted that in evidence before him she was also dealing with personal issues in her life.


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