Unaccompanied learner drink drives

JAMIE Leigh Ansell has been warned that she needs to change her attitude to driving and have more consideration for the safety of other road users.

This was the advice of Hervey Bay acting Magistrate Dennis Beutel, who in court sternly told Ansell that her driving behaviour on January 24 could have killed someone.

The learner licence holder was convicted on four charges, including drink-driving, driving unaccompanied and failing to stop.

“You don’t seem to have shown any remorse whatsoever in relation to your behaviour,” Mr Beutel told Ansell.

“And that’s a worry.

“Young persons… such as yourself are exactly the sort of persons that kill other people.”

Ansell was seen by police speeding along the Esplanade at Torquay.

In a bid to avoid being pulled over, she cut across the wrong side of the road on to Crown Street and turned sharply into a carpark. This made her tyres skid before her car struck the corner of a building.

It was 7.15am and there were numerous pedestrians in the area, Hervey Bay Magistrates Court heard.

It was the second time Ansell had fronted court for drink-driving and unaccompanied driving after losing her licence in Caloundra in January 2009.

“You don’t seem to have learnt your lesson at all,” Mr Beutel said after he caught Ansell smiling.

He handed down a $3100 fine and 21 month licence disqualification and told her he hoped she’d changed her attitude by the time she was able to drive again.



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