Breath-test dodger drove wrong way
A TEENAGER turned her car around and drove the wrong way down a street after seeing police conducting road-side breath testing, the Tweed Heads Local Court heard yesterday.
Kelly Ann Mehew pleaded guilty at court yesterday to special category drink-driving and reckless driving.
After reading the police evidence, Magistrate Nick Reimer said the 18-year-old had clearly been driving dangerously.
“The facts are pretty hair-raising, I am afraid,” Mr Reimer said.
According to police, at 10.30pm, March 5, officers were conducting road-side breath testing on the northern Kennedy Drive on ramp to the Pacific Highway.
Mehew stopped her vehicle about 100m from the testing site, did a 'u-turn' and drove the wrong way back down the ramp.
Police said the car drove “at speed” in the wrong direction towards Kennedy Drive, then quickly turned into the BP service station on the corner of Ducat Street.
Mehew was the driver and was taken to the road-side breath-testing bus where she blew .035 per cent blood alcohol concentration.
Being on a provisional licence, the 18-year-old was required to have a zero blood alcohol concentration.
She told police she had one 235ml Cruiser between 9.15pm and 9.30pm that night.
Mr Reimer fined the girl $300 for drink-driving and $500 for dangerous driving, plus court costs.
The apprentice hairdresser was also disqualified from driving for 12 months.
Police accused the Banora Point woman of being unremorseful, but the court heard Mehew was extremely upset about the “foolish” incident.