Teacher crashes car into pole while 5 times over limit
A high school teacher from Redcliffe Special School was more than five times the legal alcohol limit when she crashed her car into a pole, knocking herself out and seriously injuring her three-year-old son, the Pine Rivers Magistrates Court heard on Friday.
Rebecca Osborn, 38, had downed a bottle and a half of white wine at a friend's house at Griffin on October 18 when she made the ill-advised decision to drive home, defence lawyer Andy Bazzi of Armstrong Legal told the court.
"While she was driving her son began kicking the seat, and so she turned around (to address him), causing her to veer off the road and collide into a pole," Mr Bazzi said.
The airbags were deployed, knocking Osborn unconscious, and when she next opened her eyes paramedics were on scene treating her son for seatbelt bruising to his chest, stomach, and lacerations to his liver.
Osborn herself suffered multiple cuts and bruises to the left side of her face from the impact of the airbag, in addition to a large haematoma on her leg.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Chelsey Ham told the court police arrived on scene at Wagner Rd, near Swallow St, at around 6.30pm to find the car half mounted on the gutter and Osborn smelling of alcohol and slurring her speech.
Osborn and her son were transported to the Royal Women's and Brisbane Hospital where they were treated for their injuries and police took a specimen of Osborn's blood, which revealed a blood-alcohol content of 0.252, more than five times the legal limit.
The court heard Osborn began drinking heavily this year to cope with the stress of working through the coronavirus pandemic, and had sought medical assistance for the problem prior to the crash.
Character references tendered to the court demonstrated the behaviour was out of character for Osborn, who was described as an upstanding member of the community who volunteered her time to help others.
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In her 22 years of driving, it was her first drink-driving offence.
Osborn pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and was fined $800 and disqualified from driving for 10 months.
The child has since fully recovered.
No conviction was recorded.
Originally published as Teacher crashes car into pole while 5 times legal limit