BEHIND THE WHEEL: Janette Mary Smalley hides behind her daughter.
BEHIND THE WHEEL: Janette Mary Smalley hides behind her daughter.

Worried mum?s drunken mistake



JANETTE Mary Smalley's concern for her "runaway'' daughter turned her into a reckless drink-driver who tried to escape police.

Smalley, 39, was caught by Rockhampton police on March 12 in Clifton Street after evading officers at a nearby RBT.

A breathalyser test revealed her blood alcohol concentration to be .207 ? more than four times the legal limit.

Yesterday she faced Rockhampton Magistrates Court pleading guilty to drunk and disqualified driving.

But her defence solicitor Stephanie Nicholas told the court Smalley only got behind the wheel because she was worried about her teenage daughter.

Ms Nicholas said her client's daughter had left home a few days earlier after an argument.

She said Smalley had mixed medication with her drinks and had become very drunk before she started driving.

But the 39-year-old mother of three yesterday used her daughter as a shield to cover her face as she was photographed outside court.

Police Prosecutor Constable Calvin Gnech told the court Smalley had ignored police directions to stop for a random breath test on Norman Road on March 12.

Instead she changed lanes and accelerated, forcing police to take evasive action to avoid being hit.

Her blue Mitsubishi sedan was intercepted soon after in Clifton Street and Smalley admitted to consuming alcohol before driving.

She was taken to North Rockhampton Police Station and breath tested.

Constable Gnech also revealed Smalley was disqualified from driving at the time of the offence because of unpaid fines.

Magistrate Annette Hennessy fined Smalley $1500 and suspended her licence for 12 months.



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