Leaner, supervisor drunk

A learner driver told police she drank eight bourbons over five hours, the last one about 90 minutes before she was arrested for drink driving in Mogo.

When police officers stopped her car at a random breath testing site they noticed she wasn’t the only one who smelled of alcohol.

Both driver and passenger failed breath tests and were arrested.

In Batemans Bay Local Court on September 21, the driver, Chrystal Geraldine Gosling, 19, of Beach Road, Surf Beach, pleaded guilty to a charge of special category driver drive with special range PCA at 2.30 in the morning on July 28 on the Princes Highway.

Her supervising driver, Shannan James Gallagher, 33, of Parker Avenue, Surf Beach, pleaded guilty to a charge of licensed driver, low-range PCA, sit next to learner.

Gallagher, whose reading was 0.063, told the court he drank three glasses of bourbon between 6pm and 10pm before the offence.

Magistrate Doug Dick fined Gosling $400 and cancelled her driver’s licence for three months.

Mr Dick told Gallagher that he would be penalised as if he were the driver, and noted his history of speeding offences.

He was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for three months.

Before they left the courtroom, both defendants were ordered to hand over their licences to the court officer.

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