Court told: 70km of drunk, drugged and dangerous driving
A WOMAN who admitted to dangerous, drunken and drug-affected driving on a highway last year was unlicensed at the time, after being caught drink-driving only six weeks earlier.
Those were uncontested police submissions before Gympie Magistrates Court on Monday.
"Scary" was the word Magistrate M. Baldwin used to describe the woman's 70km of "out of control" driving from Maroochydore to Kybong.
"The circumstances are scary, they're terrible," Mrs Baldwin told Kerryn Anne Taylor.
Taylor, 47, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving while adversely affected by a substance, driving under the influence of liquor or a drug and unlicensed driving on September 20.
"And you'd been charged only six weeks before," the Magistrate said, noting a blood alcohol reading on the earlier occasion of 0.149%.
Police told the court Taylor had overtaken a truck, which had to veer left to avoid impact at 100kmh.
She had been seen swerving from side to side before leaving the road, becoming airborne, rolling her car and being taken to Royal Brisbane Hospital by helicopter.
Her injuries were so severe, police were denied a blood sample for analysis, but later obtained the hospital's admission sample.
A witness who followed Taylor hfrom Maroochydore pulled off the highway at Yandina to report her "drifting from side to side and slowing down and speeding up and almost hitting the barriers".
Police were called to the crash at 1.30pm and saw a blue northbound Toyota Corolla had skidded sideways between oncoming vehicles before crashing.
"It is a quite significant dangerous operation while intoxicated by alcohol and a list of prescription medications," the prosecutor said.
Mrs Baldwin said Taylor was lucky not to be facing three to five years in jail for dangerous driving causing death. She disqualified Taylor from driving for 21 months, ordered four months' jail suspended for 18 months and placed her on 18 months probation, warning her of actual jail time for any breach.