Licence lost for two years

AN EMERALD Beach woman who crashed into a retaining wall while driving intoxicated with her six-year-old daughter in the car, has lost her driver’s licence for two years.

Reannan Louise Aldwinckle, 32, of Emerald Beach, was this week found guilty of high-range drink driving and negligent driving in the Coffs Harbour Local Court.

She was disqualified from driving for 24 months and fined a total of $750 on both charges.

The accident happened in Turpentine Avenue, Sandy Beach, on December 14 last year.

Ms Aldwinckle lost control of the vehicle on a 90-degree bend, fish-tailing before veering off the road and crashing into a retaining wall in the front yard of a house.

The accident was witnessed by a number of residents in Turpentine Avenue, who told police the car was travelling in excess of the posted speed limit.

After crashing Aldwinckle removed her young daughter from the car and walked to a nearby friend’s house in Banksia Close.

Police attended and found her at the home a short time later.

She was said to be in a distressed state and officers said he showed signs of intoxication including slurred speech.

Aldwinckle failed a breath test and was taken to the police station where she was breath analysed returning a reading of 0.160.

She told police she had consumed just two glasses of wine at a friend’s place.

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