Woman drank 30 cans and was heading out for more

A WOMAN who had drunk 30 cans of alcohol and was driving to buy more when she crashed her car in Goodna has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Penny Sharlene Snowden, 44, yesterday pleaded guilty at the Ipswich Magistrates Court to driving under the influence of liquor.

The court heard police were called to a single vehicle car crash on the intersection of Queens and Albert Sts in Goodna on December 5, last year.

They found Snowden had driven her car onto a concrete traffic island after losing control of the car trying to take the corner.

Police noticed Snowden was unsteady on her feet and smelled of liquor when interviewing her. She admitted to them she was drunk.

She said she had drunk 30 cans of alcohol during the day and was driving to get more to drink when she crashed. She was breath tested by police and blew a blood alcohol reading of 0.269.

The court heard she had a history of drink driving offences, however, not for more than five years.

Defence lawyer Michael Anglin told the court Snowden had turned to alcohol recently after learning her partner was suffering a serious illness.

Mr Anglin said Snowden had since got rid of her car to remove the temptation from driving while drunk again.

Magistrate Aaron Simpson said Snowden had a history of this kind of offending.

"You know you can't drink and drive," he said.

Snowden was sentenced to three months prison, suspended for two years and disqualified from driving for the next two years.



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