Laura Ashleigh Nixon
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Driver almost killed passenger at four times the limit

A COAST woman whose decision to drive drunk almost cost her teen passenger his life will remain in prison until next year.

Laura Ashleigh Nixon, 27, pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of dangerous operation of a vehicle causing grievous bodily harm whilst intoxicated and two counts of driving under the influence of liquor - but was not sentenced until today.

She appeared in Maroochydore District Court via video link from the Brisbane Women's Correctional Centre in the absence of her mother and partner, who were there to support her during her earlier court appearance.

Judge Gary Long said Nixon's previous convictions for similar offences "showed irresponsible and anti-social behaviour" and noted she hadn't been remorseful until she was jailed awaiting sentencing in March this year.

In August last year, after picking up a 17-year-old boy from Poinciana St, Tewantin and driving just 500 metres, a drunk Nixon, 27, lost control of the car going into a roundabout.

With three passengers in the car, she collided with another vehicle leaving her victim with a lacerated spleen which he needed removed to save his life.

After the crash, Nixon dropped the boy home and was later found by police in her car bleeding from the month and smelling of alcohol while parked in her driveway - she returned a roadside blood alcohol reading of .193.

Nixon has a criminal and driving history across three states which includes several counts of high-range drink-driving, one of which was committed while she was on bail.

She was also caught drug driving 10 days prior to the crash.

Judge Long sentenced Nixon to four years imprisonment for the dangerous operation charge and 12 months for each drink driving charge, to be served concurrently with a parole release date of July 23, 2018.

She was also disqualified from driving for a total of six years.


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