Shock at driver’s ‘lethal dose’ after police found her to be EIGHT TIMES over the limit following a car accident
- A woman in her 50s found eight times over legal limit at 0.419
- The Sunshine Coast woman was in a minor car accident prior
- A blood alcohol ratio percentage of over 0.4 is a ‘lethal dose’
A woman has been charged with drink driving after blowing eight times over the legal limit, in what police described as a ‘lethal dose’ of alcohol.
The Sunshine Coast woman in her 50s was arrested after being involved in a minor traffic incident in Nambour, just west of the Sunshine Coast, on December 20, allegedly returning a blood alcohol reading of 0.419 per cent.
Body-cam footage from Sunshine Coast Highway Patrol officers show the distressed woman in her car with a large dent in the driver’s side door.
A woman has been found to be over eight times the legal driving limit with a bag of wine found next to the driver’s seat after police attended to a minor car crash in Nambour on December 30
The officer asks if the woman has had any alcohol, and if she was probably over the legal limit.
He then asks if she has any alcohol in the car, with a bag of wine revealed to be next to the driver’s seat.
The woman is then seen reaching for the wine as a police office removes takes it from the vehicle.
Paramedics then arrived to the scene and transported the woman to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries received in the accident.
A blood test at the hospital revealed that she had a 0.419 percent blood to alcohol reading, over eight times the legal limit of 0.05.
The Officer in Charge of Highway Patrol Sunshine Coast, Senior Sergeant Shane Panoho, said that the woman’s levels of intoxication were above a lethal dosage.
‘Once alcohol is in your system, even at around 0.05% BAC, it affects the brain’s ability to make rational decisions and you are more likely to take risks,’ he said in a statement.
The woman was taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries and recorded to have a BAC of 0.419, a lethal dose is considered to be 0.4
‘A lethal dose of alcohol is around 4 grams of alcohol per 100 ml of blood (a BAC of 0.4 or over),’ Senior Sergeant Panoho said.
‘The alleged actions of this driver endangered not only her own life but the lives of every other person on the road that day.’
The woman’s licence was immediately suspended and she has been charged with driving under the influence of liquor.
She is expected to appear before Nambour Magistrates Court on February 6.
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