Mackay Police charged a mother of two with drink-driving and driving on a learner’s permit without plates.
Mackay Police charged a mother of two with drink-driving and driving on a learner’s permit without plates.

Mother of two drunk drove with children in car

A MOTHER told the court she was fleeing from domestic violence when she drunk drove on her learner licence with two children in the car.

But Mackay Magistrates Court heard she drove past three different police stations on the way to her grandmother’s house in South Mackay from Netherdale.

Freya Alexandra Collins was pulled over on Denton St about 12.20am on June 22 this year and returned a positive random breath test – 0.059 per cent.

Further checks revealed the mother of two had her learner’s licence since August 2014 and there were no L plates displayed on the vehicle.

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“The night in question I was escaping domestic violence with my two children,” Collins said.

When asked why she bypassed Finch Hatton, Walkerston or Marian police stations, Collins said: “In the state of mind I was in … I was driving to my grandma’s house.”

However Magistrate Damien Dwyer called out Collins on a prior for driving on a learner’s permit without an open class driver in the vehicle.

“You seem to think that the traffic laws don’t apply to you at all,” he said.

“You were unlicensed driving, you were not under supervision and you were over the limit of someone with an open licence … why did you drive that far, with two children?”

“I’ve been driving since I was 16 … I know how to drive a car,” Collins argued back.

“Oh I see, well you better go out and see (the) member for Mackay and see if they can change the legislation and say … I know how to drive a car, and I can drive a car over the limit because I’ve been driving for that long,” Mr Dwyer said.

“What a load of rubbish.”

Collins said she had felt her life was in danger.

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“My ex was threatening to smash me and my kids’ head in with a hammer,” she alleged.

Mr Dwyer maintained if that was the case Collins would have stopped at a nearby police station.

“The police station in Finch Hatton, the police station at Marian … you drove straight past both of them, the police station at Walkerston, you drove straight past that one to go to your grandma’s,” he said.

“I don’t believe what you’re saying.”

Collins pleaded guilty to low-range drink-driving, driving on a learner’s without an open class licence holder in the car and not displaying plates.

She was fined $900 and disqualified from driving for four months.

Convictions were not recorded.