Mother charged after being caught nearly 9x over legal alcohol limit

A mother has been charged after she recorded a blood alcohol reading nearly nine times the legal limit after a crash near Coffs Harbour in January.

About 2.45pm on Wednesday 13 January 2016, a 52-year-old woman was driving a Hyundai Veloster on Sawtell Road, Boambee East, when the vehicle left the road and collided with a fence.

Emergency services attended the scene and the woman was taken to Coffs Harbour Hospital, where a blood sample was taken.


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Last Friday, 4 March, police received official confirmation the 52-year-old woman had a blood alcohol content of 0.486.

According to health professionals, most people are unconscious or dead before reaching a reading of 0.4.

The woman was issued a Future Court Attendance Notice for high-range PCA, to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court on 2 May 2016.

The woman’s licence has been seized and she has been issued with a licence suspension notice.

Detective Inspector, Darren Jameson, Crime Manager Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command says he believes the PCA reading is the highest on record in New South Wales.

“Drink-driving is a very serious offence and not only risks the safety of the driver, but also all other road users.

“This is the highest PCA we’ve ever recorded,” Det Insp Jameson said.


Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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