Rockingham: woman loses licence for 30 months after blowing four times above legal alcohol limit

A WOMAN with a blood alcohol reading four times above the legal limit has lost her licence for 30 months after reversing her car in her street.

Tammy Lee McNair pleaded guilty to driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol when she appeared at Rockingham Magistrates Court on January 30.

The prosecutor said it was just after 9pm on January 4 when McNair drove her car from her home in Hillman to the intersection of her street before reversing it back down the road and on to her driveway.

She said McNair did it again a second time.

Police were called as there was also a disturbance in the same street.

They said McNair gave a breathalyser reading of .23 and at the time children were riding their bikes in the street.

Magistrate Vivian Edwards asked why she had such a high reading.

“Kids were not riding around the street; it was dark, after 9pm,” she said.

“It had been my friend’s birthday and there was a man who caused problems. He pushed her on to the driveway and threw a bottle at her.

“I only drove past three houses. It was a silly decision. I’m disgusted with myself.

“The car has been impounded.”

Ms Edwards fined her $2100, along with disqualifying her licence, which McNair questioned.

“It is my first drink-driving offence in 14 years – why is this treated as a second offence?” she said.

Ms Edwards said records lasted 20 years.

“It doesn’t matter that it was 14 years ago,,” she said.

McNair is due to re-appear for legal advice on February 27 to face more charges.