Drink-driver ran over traffic sign after 'panicking'

WHEN police attempted to intercept a speeding vehicle, driver Caitlin Maree McCarthy sped away.

She ran over a traffic sign and drove on the wrong side of the road before turning sharply onto Rosewood St in Middlemount at an estimated 80kmh in a 50kmh zone.

Witnesses said the vehicle came to stop in the front yard of a residence, knocking over the letter box, and two people fled, the Mackay Magistrates Court was told.

Officers had initially seen the vehicle travelling at 77kmh in a 60kmh zone on Centenary Dr where they attempted an intercept.

McCarthy pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, low-range drink-driving, speeding and failing to comply with a requirement to stop a private vehicle on June 13.

About 1.35am she had voluntarily handed herself in to the police station and admitted she'd been the driver.

She had been drinking early that night. She told officers she was "ashamed of her actions" and that it was "a fluff".

Her blood alcohol reading was 0.08%.

Defence solicitor Lachlan Ygoa-Mckeown said the 24-year-old thought she was okay to drive. "She panicked," he said.

Magistrate Damien Dwyer said McCarthy had lost 41 points in six years.

"Your fluff could have caused the death of an innocent member of the community," Mr Dwyer said.

McCarthy was fined $2500 and disqualified from driving for 12 months.



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