Drink-driver hits the wall

A SOUTHGATE woman who drove her car into a brick wall outside a Grafton hotel when intoxicated has been given a stern warning by a magistrate.

Rosita Lorna Connolly, of Southgate Road, was driving home from KFC following a night of drinking when she crashed her car.

The 60-year-old lost control of her car on a Prince Street roundabout, causing her to collide with a small brick wall in front of the Clocktower Hotel.

Police said Connolly wasn't speeding, and they should know. They were standing on the other side of the road at the time.

Connolly had an alcohol reading of 0.205 when tested - more than four times the legal alcohol limit.

She pleaded guilty to high-range drink-driving, at Grafton Local Court, last Monday. It was her third drink-drive conviction.

Magistrate Kim Pogson gave Connolly a 12-month suspended jail sentence and disqualified her from driving for three years.

He warned her the sentence was not to be taken lightly: “If you come back again for any offence whatsoever, you are going to jail for 12 months,” he said.



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