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‘Mistake’ ends up in court

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August 10, 2017

A Kyabram woman who blew more than three times the legal limit has been disqualified from driving for the next 16 months.

A KYABRAM woman who blew more than three times the legal limit has been disqualified from driving for the next 16 months.

Susan Giovanola appeared in Echuca Magistrates Court on July 4 to plead guilty to drink driving.

Police Prosecutor Senior Constable Sally Mannell said Giovanola was observed driving in Benalla on April 4.

“At around 7.47pm the accused was pulled over for a preliminary breath test where alcohol registered,” she said.

“She was taken back to the Benalla Police Station where a blood alcohol reading of .162 was recorded.”

Giovanola’s car was impounded and she told the court she had “made a mistake”.

“I had a drink which was 3.2 standard drinks in one drink before I drove,” she said.

Magistrate Bruce Cottrill said there is a huge price to pay for drink driving.

“The effect on women’s metabolism is far greater than men,” he said.

She was convicted and fined $850.

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