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Woman four times over limit when crashed into parked cars

ERROR OF JUDGEMENT: The driver of a Toyota vehicle (pictured front) was found to have a BAC of 0.187% after ramming into two cars parked along Quay St in Rockhampton last month.
ERROR OF JUDGEMENT: The driver of a Toyota vehicle (pictured front) was found to have a BAC of 0.187% after ramming into two cars parked along Quay St in Rockhampton last month. Contributed

UPSET after an argument with her dad and almost four times the legal alcohol limit, Veronica Margaret Went got behind the wheel.

The result - three extensively damaged cars, a $1500 fine and a nine month disqualification.

The 55-year-old pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday to drink driving and failing to remain at the scene of an accident.

Police prosecutor Acting Senior Constable Manon Barwick told the court Went crashed her Toyota wagon into two parked cars on Quay St about 9.30pm on May 29.

She then fled on foot.

Police located her a short time later on the corner of Bolsover and Francis streets.

When asked why she left the scene of the crash, Went told police she "wasn't thinking straight" and "just wanted to go home".

Act Snr Const Barwick said the defendant recorded a blood alcohol content of 0.187%.

Defence solicitor Andrew Wiseman told the court Went's invalid father was living with her and her partner at the time.

He said this was both emotionally and financially draining.

He told the court that on the night of the offence Went's father mentioned he was planning to give his house to another sibling.

This upset the defendant, who had been drinking, and they became involved in an argument.

She then left the house.

"It was a general error of judgement," Mr Wiseman said.

"She is deeply remorseful."

The court heard she had no history of similar offences. She was fined and disqualified.

Topics:  drink driving, quay st, rockhampton magistrates court



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