Repeat offender in court for DUI

A WOMAN with a chronic history of drink-driving offences yesterday faced court for driving while nearly four times over the limit.

Bundaberg Magistrates Court was told Sandra Marie McPhee, 45, of North Bundaberg blew 0.192 on June 10.

Police received reports of the woman driving erratically and approached her when she parked at Woolworths Childers about 3.55pm.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens told the court officers noticed a strong smell of alcohol coming from the woman and she was swaying from side to side and was unsteady on her feet.

“This was her fifth major reading,” Sgt Stevens said.

“She was nearly four times the limit on a school day.”

Sgt Stevens said McPhee had been given the benefit of probation and had served time in jail for previous drink-driving offences.

Probation parole officer Greg McMahon interviewed the defendant and said a lengthy probation would be fitting.

“She certainly has a worrying traffic history,” Mr McMahon said.

“I would suggest special conditions with medical, psychological and psychiatrical testing.”

Magistrate Jennifer Batts said she was unimpressed with McPhee’s many offences.

“Driving under the influence appears on your history more often than anything else. Clearly you have long-standing issues with alcohol,” she said.

She sentenced McPhee to 30 months’ probation and ordered she submit to the testing suggested by Mr McMahon.

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