Drunk woman crashes car through wall of child’s bedroom
A Central Queensland woman crashed a ute into the bedroom of a young boy in Moranbah, while more than three times the legal alcohol limit.
Cheyneisha Sharnee Huxley-Wilkie, 24, was driving home from a party about 3.45am on September 20, 2020, when she failed to negotiate a turn and crashed a Toyota Hilux ute into a Moranbah home.
Emerald Magistrates Court heard that Huxley-Wilkie, who recorded a blood-alcohol content reading of .157, didn't realise she approached the T-intersection at Bernborough Avenue and Shannon Drive and couldn't come to a stop in time.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Paul Cramp said the vehicle came to a stop in a front bedroom that was occupied by a small child, who sustained minor injuries.
The parent and occupier of the home checked their son was safe after seeing the car lodged in the wall, the court heard.
Huxley-Wilkie co-operated with police when they arrived at the scene, although they noticed her skin was flushed, her eyes were glassy and she was unsteady on her feet.
Sergeant Cramp said investigations found a minor fault with a rear brake leak, but otherwise the vehicle was in good condition.
Lawyer Sam Foster said his client, who worked at a station near Clermont, had since completed a Queensland Traffic Offenders program.
He said she was distressed and remorseful of the damage she caused and had written an apology letter to the family of the home.
Huxley-Wilkie had been without a licence since the offence, and considering her lack of history, Mr Foster asked the magistrate to consider not recording the conviction, since she had ambitions to travel to America and work with cattle on a ranch.
Mr Foster submitted multiple character references pointing to the fact she had an excellent employment history and was highly regarded by people she had worked with.
Huxley-Wilkie pleaded guilty at Emerald Magistrates Court on Tuesday, May 18 to dangerous operation of a vehicle and adversely affected by an intoxicating substance.
Magistrate Gary Finger said it was miraculous the child in the room was not killed and Huxley-Wilkie was not in court for a more serious charge.
"If you had any history you would be going to prison today," he said.
"It's certainly out of character for you.
"[According to your referees], you are well thought of and hard working.
"There's nothing in your history to indicate you drive like this at any time.
"This is a mistake and it will be a costly one for you."
Huxley-Wilkie was fined $3000 and disqualified from driving for a further seven months. The conviction was not recorded and the victims did not seek restitution.
Originally published as Drunk woman crashes car through wall of child's bedroom