Drunk driver 'on run' from rapist

A WOMAN who claimed she drove while drunk because she was fleeing a man who had just raped her, faced the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court last week.

The 32-year-old Maryborough mother contested her drink-driving charge on the grounds that “any reasonable person” would have acted in the same way had they been in her situation.

The court heard the woman had been drinking at a Maryborough bar when she met a Brisbane man who she invited back to her place for drinks.

The woman said she could not remember what happened between the time she arrived home and when she woke up in her car, which had been driven to an Esplanade car park.

The woman and man then went for a walk on the beach where he allegedly forced himself on her before running away.

Half an hour later, the woman crashed her car into a power pole in Elizabeth Street, Urangan.

Magistrate Tom Killeen said he took into account what the woman had been through but was not satisfied she had driven under threat.

He said she could have sought help during the 30-minute period between when the alleged attack took place and the crash.

The woman was fined $700 and disqualified from driving for seven months.



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