Woman Who Crushed Car While NINE Over Limit Gives Police Unbelievable Explanation For One Of Australia’s Highest Readings
- Gemma Purcell, 34, crashed in a car and recorded a blood alcohol level of 0.432
- Purcell told officers she had a wine with her mom and a beer before the crash
- A magistrate spared her from prison but ordered her to receive professional help
A woman who crashed into her car nine times the drinking and driving limit told police that she had “a wine with her mom” during lunch.
Gemma Purcell, 34, was found crying in the gutter by police after crashing her Suzuki Swift in Wollongong, south of Sydney, at 2 p.m. July 21 last year.
When asked if she had been drinking, Purcell replied, “Yes. I had a wine at lunch with mom, “according to the Daily Telegraph.
After a roadside breath test, it was discovered to have one of the highest readings ever recorded in New South Wales.
Gemma Purcell, 34, (photo) was found crying next to her crushed Suzuki Swift before exploding the legal alcohol limit nine times. She told the police that she had a wine with her mom and a beer before the crash
She was arrested on the spot and taken back to the police station for further interrogation.
She later admitted that she had a 375 ml bottle of Tooheys New but that she had “vomited a little” after consuming it.
Purcell appeared in Wollongong local court Friday after pleading guilty to drinking and driving.
The court learned how she was a “heavy drinker” who drank daily with her boyfriend.
Magistrate Mark Douglass said Purcell had serious alcohol problems that needed to be addressed.
Magistrate Mark Douglass sentenced the woman to 15 months in prison but allowed her to serve her in the community through an intensive correctional order and asked her to seek professional help for a wide range of problems.
“With this reading, I am surprised that you were able to converse with the police. In these circumstances, the court finds that you are an alcoholic and that you have a real problem with alcohol. “
She was sentenced to 15 months in prison, to be served in the community by means of an intensive correction order.
She must participate in mental health treatment and abstain from alcohol.
His license has been suspended and his car must be fitted with a locking device for two years.