Holly Roberton, 18, pleaded guilty at Clermont Magistrates Court on April 14 to driving while over the no alcohol limit but not over the general limit. Picture: Alix Sweeney
Holly Roberton, 18, pleaded guilty at Clermont Magistrates Court on April 14 to driving while over the no alcohol limit but not over the general limit. Picture: Alix Sweeney

Teen drove after drinking out of concern for friend

A Central Queensland teenager was caught drink driving while taking another girl home to prevent her from walking in the early hours of the morning.

Holly Roberton, 18, pleaded guilty at Clermont Magistrates Court on April 14 to driving while over the no alcohol limit but not over the general limit.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Paul Cramp said Roberton was pulled over about 1.30am on March 27 at Lime Street, Clermont.

She returned a positive roadside breath test and recorded a blood-alcohol content reading of .032, while holding a P1 license.

The teenager, who works on a property between Clermont and Moranbah, told the court she had consumed two schooners of Great Northern beer at the Clermont pub hours earlier, as well as something to eat, so didn’t think she would be over the limit.

Roberton said she didn’t intend on driving but was asked by one of the girls at the pub for a lift. Out of concern for her welfare, rather than letting her friend walk home alone in the early hours of the morning, she chose to drive.

Roberton was fined $350 and disqualified from driving for three months. Due to her young age and lack of history, the conviction was not recorded.

Originally published as Teen drove after drinking out of concern for friend