Learner driver blows 0.166%
HALLIE Domrow, a learner-driver who was more than three times over the legal blood alcohol limit, became aggressive and pushed a police officer in the chest when police tried to question her.
Domrow, 27, a mother-of-two, was at a barbecue and party in Bucasia on March 12 when she had an argument and left.
Someone at the party apparently phoned the police to report that Domrow had left the party, was intoxicated, had borrowed someone’s car and was driving.
Police arrived in the area at 1.50am and saw the headlights of a car in Dolphin Drive, police prosecutor Bimal Raut said.
Police were at the nearest intersection and as they walked towards her they saw the vehicle stop.
The headlights then went off and as officers continued to walk towards the car they heard the engine turn off.
An officer approached and noticed that Domrow was the driver and sole occupant, and that when she got out she was unsteady on her feet and her reactions were slow.
She became aggressive and pushed the officer in the chest.
She had to be arrested and handcuffed. It started to rain heavily so officers tried to get her into a police vehicle but she put her feet on either side of the door and refused to get in.
At 2.50am at the Mackay police station she had a reading of 0.166%.
A routine check of her licence revealed she held a learner’s licence and should have had an adult supervising when she drove.
Domrow pleaded guilty to drink-driving, driving while unaccompanied on a learner’s licence, assaulting police and obstructing police.
Duty solicitor David Carlin, of Legal Aid Queensland, said Domrow had been at a party where she had had an argument and was told to leave, but she accidentally left her mobile phone there and decided to go back to get it.
Domrow said she was assaulted at the party and had been denied access to her personal property when she left, Mr Carlin said.
Domrow also claimed she had been pulled from the car by police when officers arrived, Mr Carlin said.
Magistrate Ross Risson told her: “You were extremely foolish to drive, having consumed alcohol to the extent that you had.”
Domrow was fined a total of $1820 and was disqualified from driving for 11 months.