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

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.


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.

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