Alleged drunk driver busted after falling asleep behind wheel

A Gold Coast woman who was allegedly caught driving more than five times the legal alcohol limit on Easter Sunday was busted by police after she fell asleep behind the wheel.

The 27-year-old has been charged with driving under the influence, obstruct police and assault police after being intercepted at Jacobs Well on Sunday.

Police allege around 8.30pm, a member of the public called triple-zero after spotting the woman asleep behind the wheel of her car along Norwell Road.


“A member of the public was concerned for that woman and knocked on her window,” Acting Chief Superintendant Rhys Wildman told ABC Radio.

“She came awake, immediately started the car and drove off at some speed.

“But luckily police were in the vicinity when the triple-zero call was made and managed to intercept her further along Norwell Road.”

The Surfers Paradise woman was then subjected to a roadside breath test, which returned an alleged reading of .262.

She was arrested at the scene and while en-route to the police station, the woman allegedly reached around and scratched an officer on the face.

The woman has been granted police bail to appear in Beenleigh Magistrates Court on May 3.

She was one of 40 motorists caught drink-driving on the Gold Coast over the long weekend, with a 40-year-old man busted nearly six times the legal limit in Robina.

He will appear in the Southport Magistrates Court next month.