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Kylie Flower had a bellyful of wine when she put her baby grandson in her car to pick up her son in Albury.
The Lavington woman had been at a house in Jindera unable to settle the nine-month-old and so rang her son in Albury.
But Flower’s son could not get a taxi, so she decided to collect him.
Magistrate Tony Murray said Flower’s actions represented“a really bad example” of drink-driving with“a number of aggravating factors”.
Defence solicitor Mark Cronin told Albury Local Court that Flower, 44, was not trying to shy away from what she had done, though noted the offence was not towards the higher end of the scale.
Mr Murray disagreed, asking how this was possible with“a nine-month-old child in the car”.
He also pointed out that Flower’s breath test reading of 0.142 fell just short of the charge of having a high-range prescribed concentration of alcohol.
Flower pleaded guilty to driving with a middle-range PCA.
Mr Cronin said Flower had been attending her son’s 21stbirthday in Albury on the night of the offence, which was detected by police on September 20just before 3.30am.
Flower had left the party about midnight.
Mr Cronin said Flower was shocked to have provided the breath test reading she did.
“It’s far higher than she would have expected in the circumstances,” he said.
Mr Cronin said Flower’s grandson had woken up in the Jindera house she was staying that night in a“state of high distress”.
He said Flower, who had held a driver’s licence for 27 years, accepted she had a high reading.
The court was told Flower was driving east in Dean Street when she stopped at traffic lights at the David Street intersection.
Police saw her take off quickly, causing“excessive noise”.
Flower quickly accelerated to 40km/h before being stopped by police.
Asked if she had been drinking, Flower replied:“I’ve had lots tonight.”
Police then saw the child in the back as well as an intoxicated man.
Flower told the police she probably had six to seven glasses of wine between 6.30pm and 11.30pm, with just a few “nibblies” to eat.
MrMurray said he had no choice but to disqualify Flower from driving for six months, while also fining her $800.
“In my view the matter is just too serious,” he said.
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