Boozing before bread, milk run and shop window smash
"LOTS of wine the night before" could be the reason for a shocking incident that cost a Laidley woman her perfect driving record.
Hilda Wheeler, 69, had otherwise pristine driving and criminal records when, she made "quite a splash" as Magistrate Kay Ryan put it, and drove her car through the window of a shop on Patrick St, Laidley.
The Laidley woman has appeared in the Gatton Magistrates Court charged with drink driving after she drove her car through the window of Waynes World on Tuesday, May 21.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Molinaro told the court police had arrived about 10.45am.
"(Wheeler told police) she had driven into Laidley to buy bread and milk and had been attempting to reverse park but accidentally hit the accelerator," Sergeant Molinaro said.
"She said she had drunk a lot of wine the previous evening but thought she would be alright to drive."
Further testing confirmed Wheeler's blood alcohol concentration was 0.113, more than double the legal limit.
Wheeler pleaded guilty to the charge and apologised to the court.
"I'm so sorry your honour. It just happened," she said.
Magistrate Ryan said she had taken into account Wheeler's early guilty plea.
"We don't get this very often in court where we have a person with no traffic or criminal history at the age of 69, if you don't mind me saying so," Ms Ryan said.
Wheeler's conviction was not recorded but she was fined $650 and disqualified from driving for three months.