GUILTY: Charlene Peta White, 33.
GUILTY: Charlene Peta White, 33.

Five times over the limit on fifth drink driving offence

AN ALCOHOLIC has been punished for her fifth drink driving offence which had a "ridiculously high" blood alcohol content (BAC) reading five times the legal limit.

Charlene Peta White, 33, pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday to one count of drink driving.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Peter Rumford said police were called to attend a single vehicle crash on Benjamin Drive, Gracemere, at 2pm on May 26.

He said police discovered White had crashed a Ford Falcon into a light pole while heavily intoxicated and was taken to Rockhampton Hospital.

Snr Const Rumford said White's BAC was .277.

Defence lawyer Rowan King said this was White's second drink driving offence in five years and her fifth overall.

Her previous drink driving offences were for a BAC of .115 in 2008, .086 (2008), .125 (2012) and .153 (2017).

"She has always been around big drinkers," he said. "She started drinking when she was 17. It got worse when her child was two (years old)."

Mr King said her child was now nine.

"She has been trying to get on top of this alcohol addiction," he said.

"The doctors won't let her quit cold turkey because of the level of her addiction."

Mr King said on the day of the crash, she had been on a three-day drinking binge, had an argument with the child's father and was driving to see him when she crashed.

Magistrate Jeff Clarke said the BAC was "ridiculously high".

"It's evident from your history you have battled with that addiction for a long time," he said.

Mr Clarke ordered White to a 12-month probation order and disqualified her from driving for two years.


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