A P-PLATER stopped for a random breath test has lost her licence for three months after being convicted of low-range PCA.
Tiffany Hotham, 31, of Lamont Drive in Eglinton, appeared before Bathurst Local Court on May 6 charged with special category driver with special range PCA.
Police facts tendered to the court told how Hotham was stopped by 8.15am on January 27 at Ambarvale in south-west Sydney.
Police attached to Campbelltown Police District were conducting stationary random breath tests on Appin Road, Ambarvale, when Hotham, who was driving a silver BMW, pulled into the random breath test site.
As the accused drove in police could see P plates on the vehicle. Police introduced themselves to the driver and informed them of why she had been stopped.
Police subjected the accused to a roadside breath test which produced a positive result. The accused was arrested for the purpose of a breath analysis.
At Campbelltown police station she was submitted to a breath analysis, recording the reading of 0.025.
In relation to the drinking the accused said she had consumed six cans of Canadian Club at her friend's house the day before. Her first drink was at 2pm and her last at 11pm.
She said she ate a sausage sandwich while drinking but did not have anything to eat that morning. While speaking to police, officers could smell intoxicating liquor on the accused's breath.
In a letter to the court the accused said she had been drinking the night before and though she was "okay to drive".
She said she now realises she should have waited longer. She said she had learned from the experience and having gone through the process of going back to the police station with her son was a massive wake-up call.
Hotham also spoke of her embarrassment and remorse, saying she was genuinely sorry and embarrassed and relieved no one was hurt as a result of her actions.
Hotham was convicted and fined $500 and disqualified from driving for three months.
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