Kelmscott mum fined, disqualified from driving for causing accident while five times over the limit

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A KELMSCOTT mum has been fined after driving with blood alcohol content five times the legal limit and causing multiple collisions on South Western Highway.

Katie Tomkinson faced Armadale Magistrates Court on Tuesday, October 17, pleading guilty to a charge of driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Police prosecutor Alan Bunce said on Saturday, July 29, Tomkinson was driving on South Western Highway in Byford when she collided with a car on the side of the road, then a tree.

Her blood alcohol levels were tested at Armadale Police Station, first clocking in at 0.266 then 0.233, well over the legal limit of 0.05.

The accused said she was at a party at a friend’s house, and coming home to her husband and children who were five minutes away.

She said she was depressed at the time of the incident, and is now undergoing counselling.

Magistrate Stephen Wilson fined Tompkinson $900 plus court costs, and disqualified her license for 10 months.

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