Double trouble for a mother

LEA-ANNE Marie Tyrrell admits stupidity was the driving force behind her being caught drink-driving twice in the one afternoon.

The 44-year-old Toogoom woman was so worried that her expensive car would get stolen that she went back to get it after Hervey Bay police charged her with drink-driving on May 22 last year.

Tyrrell will be off the road for the next 15 months after pleading guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to two counts of drink-driving and one of obstructing police.

She blew .124 after she was picked up on Toogoom Road about 5.15pm.

But within half an hour of being released from the police station, the court heard, Tyrrell was stopped again, this time on Beelbi Creek Road. Her second reading was .118 per cent.

Prosecutor Kathryn Stagoll said Tyrrell had two children in the car with her when she was stopped the first time.

She tried to put breath freshener in her mouth but was told off by police.

“The defendant’s behaviour did become rather agitated,” Sergeant Stagoll said.

When stopped the second time, Tyrell had her son with her.

She became abusive and told police “there was no way” she was going to leave her car.

She said she wouldn’t go back to the police station and started to walk away.

After being spoken to by the officers, one of them grabbed her by the arm, Sgt Stagoll said.

Tyrrell’s son stepped in then and placed himself between the officer and his mother.

“He was required to move away,” Sgt Stagoll said, “... and the officer did push him away slightly.”

Sgt Stagoll said Tyrell had one prior drink-driving charge and that the time frame between the two latest charges was of “great concern” to police.

Defence solicitor Geoff Skelton said Tyrell was a single mother who suffered from depression after her partner left her with debts.

He put the reason for her actions down to “simple stupidity” combined with the worry her car would be stolen.

Tyrell was fined $1900 for the three offences and disqualified from driving.



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