Driver taken off the road for nine months

Driver taken off the road for nine months

A 26-year-old Cowra woman has been fined $1500 and disqualified from driving for nine months followed by an interlock period of 24 months at Cowra Local Court.

Jean Hollie Kerr, of Dowell Street, did not appear before the court charged with a high range PCA, but provided a message pleading guilty and the matter was dealt with in her absence.

According to police facts, around 2.10am on November 21, 2021, police were patrolling Cowra as part of operation Macquarie Blitz.

They stopped a Ford Escape to subject the driver to random testing.

Police spoke to the driver, Kerr, and observed she had three passengers in the vehicle.

Police could smell alcohol coming from the vehicle and asked Kerr if there was any in the vehicle.

She told them no and returned a positive breath test.

She was then arrested and taken to Cowra Police Station for a secondary breath analysis.

Kerr's breath analysis returned a reading of 0.177 grams of alcohol in 210 litres of breath.

In relation to her drinking, Kerr told police she had consumed four or five tumbler sized vodka, lime and sodas at her home.

In her message to the court, Kerr said the roadside suspension imposed on her was affecting her life.

In sentencing, Magistrate Roger Prowse said that's what the sentences were designed to do.

"She says the suspension is causing her hardship," he said.

"That's what it is designed to do as well as protect the public."