A WEST Bathurst woman was driving with a blood alcohol reading almost four times the limit when she crashed at the intersection of Mitre and Keppel streets, Bathurst Local Court has heard.
Monique Delfs, 50, of Alamein Street, has been convicted of driving with a high-range PCA amd jailed for eight months, to be served as an Intensive Correction Order.
Police facts tendered to the court said that at 9.49am on Sunday, March 3, officers were called to the intersection of Mitre and Keppel streets where they found a Mazda sedan with extensive damage to the front of the car.
The car also had a flat tyre, a cracked rim and damaged front bumper.
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The court heard the car had been travelling south-west along Mitre Street before crashing into the roundabout at the intersection with Keppel Street and coming to rest a short distance away.
Police spoke with the driver, Delfs, who was showing signs of heavy intoxication. Officers saw she was very unsteady on her feet and stumbling around, leaning on the car and displaying very clumsy movements.
It took some time before she was able to give police her driver's licence.
Delfs was asked to take a roadside breath test but when asked to blow into the tube she would only count upwards, avoiding blowing into the tube.
She said she was unable to blow but did not give any reason why. This was captured on body-worn camera.
Delfs was taken to Bathurst police station where she tried and failed three times to provide a sample of her breath, telling officers she had emphysema and had a lung capacity of just 30 per cent
Delfs was then taken to Bathurst Base Hospital where a blood sample was taken. The blood sample was later analysed and returned a blood alcohol reading of not less then 0.192.
Magistrate Cate Follent convicted Delf, sentencing her to eight months jail to date from October 14 and to be served by way of an ICO.
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Delfs was also ordered to undertake 100 hours community service.
Ms Follent also convicted and sentenced Delfs on a separate matter, a mid-range PCA charge relating to an arrest on June 7 where Delfs recorded a reading of 0.081 after being pulled over in Esrom Street.
She was convicted and placed on a CCO for 18 months and ordered to attend ongoing counselling in relation to alcohol issues.
She was also disqualified from driving for six months and, placed on an interlock order for 12 months.
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