Drink-driver gets jail time

A REPEAT drink-driver described by a magistrate as “a danger to the public” will be behind bars for the next six months and off the road for at least five years.

Cassandra Lee Davidson cried as she was led into the dock of the Maryborough Magistrates Court yesterday.

Davidson, 40, was caught drink-driving twice on the afternoon of October 23. She was also disqualified from driving at the time.

Police received several calls from drivers who saw Davidson driving erratically on the Bruce Highway.

At 1.35pm she was pulled over at Glenorchy, south of Maryborough, and blew .195.

Police arranged for Davidson to catch a bus to Hervey Bay but instead she hitched a lift to her car, which was parked on the side of the highway, and continued to drive to Maryborough.

She was caught again once she got into town.

A breath test about 5pm showed an alcohol concentration of .109.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Steve Lord said Davidson had a history of drink-driving.

She was caught twice in 2008 with readings of .129 and .141 and had a low-range reading in 2006.

“She was given the opportunity to take a bus and was assisted by police ... she’s gone back to her vehicle and driven again,” he said.

“She has a complete disregard of orders by the court.

“Prison is the proper sentence to send a clear message that the community and court condemn drink-driving.”

Davidson told the magistrate she had post-traumatic stress disorder and was an alcoholic.

“I can’t get through a day without a drink,” she said.

“I’ve tried to get into rehab but they said I had to deal with the court case first.”

Magistrate John Smith said it was clear Davidson was a danger to herself and the public and he had no option but to jail her.

She was sentenced to 18 months’ jail in addition to the disqualification.

Davidson will be eligible for parole on May 24.



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