Max Fleet

Drink-driver was five times limit

SHE was driving while over five times the limit, but Becky Lee Loveridge won't be able to touch a drop of alcohol behind bars.

The 39-year-old was led into the cells at the Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Friday, June 17, after being convicted of driving under the influence and driving unlicensed.

Loveridge pleaded guilty to the charges, which the court heard were the latest additions to a lengthy history of drink driving offences.

Police Prosecutor Senior Constable Shaun Janes said officers pulled Loveridge over about 7.30pm on April 11.

The court heard Loveridge was driving back from Rockhampton Hospital after visiting a friend who was dying of cancer and had been drinking since 11am.

Snr Const Janes said Loveridge told police she was also unlicensed.

When tested, Loveridge returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.266.

Defence solicitor Grant Cagney said Loveridge's history of drink driving was against her, especially given the "extremely high" and "dangerous" reading.

Mr Cagney said Loveridge was visiting a man she had been in a casual relationship with.

He said there had been some control issues between the pair, although they weren't together long enough for those to lead to any kind of court or police involvement.

On the day she was pulled over, the man had asked Loveridge to drive his car to the hospital when he was due to be discharged. Mr Cagney said Loveridge had been drinking while waiting in the car park in an effort to "calm her nerves" and drove home when told he wasn't going to be released.

He said Loveridge's traffic history showed "she does have issues with alcohol", but was working to overcome them.

Loveridge was convicted, sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment and disqualified from driving for two years.

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