Tweed woman to face court after horse death
A TWEED Heads woman will face Southport Magistrates Court on several charges after crashing into the back of a horse float at Kirra on Sunday night, resulting in fatal injuries to the horse.
The incident, around 7.30pm on Sunday, took place outside the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) spray yards on Miles St, Kirra, which monitors horses crossing the NSW-Queensland border.
A Queensland police spokesperson said the woman, 32, was operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol when she struck the float, awaiting entry to the spray yard.
“The float was parked on the side of the road and she has veered off the road, striking the horse float,” the spokesperson said.
Police and emergency services were called to the scene, with an equine veterinarian attending at approximately 8pm.
The police spokesperson said the horse had to be euthanised following examination.
The attending vet, who declined to be named, said everything possible was done for the horse, which received severe injuries.
“It’s a sad incident which was completely avoidable,” the vet said.
“We did what we could, but it was not a good outcome.”
The woman will appear at Southport Magistrates Court on June 13 on three charges including driving under the influence of liquor, driving a motor vehicle without a licence and driving a vehicle not in a safe condition.