WITH her car leaning precariously on a rock wall at the jetty boat ramp back in March, Cherie Louise Yeats and her passengers ran from the scene of the accident nursing various minor injuries.
The 19-year-old Coffs Harbour P-plater had just moments earlier lost control of her Honda Civic on a 90-degree bend in the road on Jordan Esplanade.
Crash investigators found that the hatchback must have been travelling at speed, to have ended up on the rocks, overhanging the water.
Witnesses to the accident on March 27, told police they saw the car leave the roadway about 9.50pm as they stood on a balcony at the nearby Deep Sea Fishing Club.
After hearing a loud bang they watched as the driver and her friends got out of the vehicle and ran.
Police arrived a short time later and spoke with a passenger who had suffered a cut to her head.
Ms Yeats meanwhile was hiding out in bushes nearby and was found by officers a short time later.
Questioned about the incident, she was breath tested returning a reading of 0.065.
Found guilty in the Coffs Harbour Local Court this week of negligent driving and low range drink driving, Ms Yeats was disqualified from driving for six months, fined $900 and ordered to pay $76 in court costs.