Woman fined overtaking cop

A WOMAN chose the wrong car to overtake on double white lines around a blind corner – a car containing an off-duty police officer.

Carla Kathleen Penwright, 35, of Gin Gin, overtook several cars on double white lines around a corner while blaring her car’s horn about 4.30pm on August 21.

The mother of three told police she did not remember anything from the incident because she had not taken her medication.

“We don’t really want people like you that don’t remember things on our roads,” Magistrate Neil Lavaring said.

“Why would you do something silly like that?”

Penwright, who represented herself in Bundaberg Magistrates Court, pleaded guilty to one charge of driving without due care and attention.

Mr Lavaring said he strongly considered disqualifying the unemployed woman from driving and agreed with police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens’ actions to have the woman tested by a doctor to see if she should be driving.

Penwright was fined $600.

“I won’t take your licence this time but I probably could have,” Mr Lavaring said.



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