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Sydney mother who was nine times over the legal blood-alcohol limit has charges dropped in loophole

  • Susan Lung, 42, admitted to drink-driving nine time over the legal alcohol limit 
  • The mother-of-two was found passed out behind the wheel and in a bus stop 
  • The charges were dropped because she may not have driven in the past 2 hours

A mother from Sydney’s upmarket North Shore has been allowed back behind the wheel after she was caught driving while nine times over the legal blood-alcohol limit last year.

Susan Lung’s charges have been dropped due to a ‘freak set of circumstances’ after she was found asleep behind the wheel of her silver Audi.

Mrs Lung worked up an alcohol reading of 0.445 – one of the highest recorded cases in New South Wales. 

 

The Willoughby mum admitted she was way over the legal blood-alcohol limit and made a series of teary-television appearances apologising for her reckless behaviour.

Susan Lung’s (pictured) drink-driving charges have been dropped due to a ‘freak set of circumstances’ after she was found asleep behind the wheel of her silver Audi while nine times over the legal limit

The Willoughby mum admitted she was way over the legal blood-alcohol limit. 

She made a number of teary television appearances apologising for her reckless behaviour. 

She told Seven News: ‘Just don’t do it, it’s very stupid’.

Despite admitting to the offences, police were forced to withdraw the charges against the 42-year-old. 

According to the Daily Telegraph police can only take a breath test if the officer has a reasonable belief they have driven in the previous two hours. 

‘It’s a freak set of circumstances that have worked against the cops. The only thing they could have got her for would be parking in a bus stop,’ a legal source said to the paper. 

Despite admitting to the offences in a number of television appearances, police were forced to withdraw the charges against the 42-year-old mother

Despite admitting to the offences in a number of television appearances, police were forced to withdraw the charges against the 42-year-old mother

Police could not prove she had driven in the previous two hours, given she could have been parked there for longer and may have been drinking in the parked car.

The officers found Mrs Lung passed out behind the wheel with her keys on the floor in November last year.

The mother-of-two was parked at a bus stop in the North Shore when police found her. 

The mother-of-two was parked in the a bus stop in the affluent north shore suburb when police found her

The mother-of-two was parked in the a bus stop in the affluent north shore suburb when police found her

She was breath-tested and charged with high-range drink driving, which carries a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment.  

Mrs Lung admitted to reporters she drank six glasses of wine before she got behind the wheel of her car at 12.30pm. 

A NSW Police spokesman said the force is ‘exploring legal options to have the case reopened’.   

Mrs Lung has had previous drink-driving offences.   

 

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