Drunk, unlicenced mum fined after driving with baby in car

ELISHA Leigh Wheatley did so many things wrong when she chose to drive on March 15 that it's difficult to know where to start.

The 20-year-old mother of three was driving to buy baby formula for her youngest child, with the baby in the car with her.

Unfortunately, Wheatley had just drunk two-and-a-half glasses of Jim Beam.

She also did not have a driver's licence.

The car she drove was defective, with a cracked windscreen obscuring the driver's side view, and one of the side mirrors missing.

Finally, when the police intercepted Wheatley in Urraween, she was speeding at 74kmh in a 60 zone.

Wheatley pleaded guilty to all these charges in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Monday, along with other traffic charges from a separate incident where she crashed into another vehicle at the Stockland car park on February 16.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris said Wheatley's blood-alcohol content after she was intercepted on March 15 was 0.044.

Snr Const Grigoris said the unlicensed driving charge and failure to comply with the duties of a driver in a crash from the Stockland incident took place only three days after Wheatley was convicted of another unlicensed driving charge.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell was unimpressed.

"To have your young baby in the motor vehicle after you've been drinking is an absolute disgrace," he said.

Wheatley was fined $2250 and was disqualified from holding a licence for 21 months.



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