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Drunk driver gives the police an incredible explanation for having one of the highest measurements in Australia

Woman who crashed her car while crossing the limit NINE times gives police an incredible explanation for one of Australia’s highest readings

  • Gemma Purcell, 34, crashed car and registered an alcohol level of 0.432
  • Purcell told the officers that she had had a wine with her mother and a beer before the crash
  • A magistrate spared her from prison, but ordered her to receive professional help

A woman who crashed her car nine times above the drink-driving limit told police she had “a glass of wine with her mother” over lunch.

Gemma Purcell, 34, was found crying in the gutter by police after crashing her Suzuki Swift in Wollongong, south of Sydney, at 2pm on July 21 last year.

When asked if she had been drinking alcohol, Purcell said, “Yes. I had a glass of wine with mommy during lunch ‘, says the Daily telegram.

After a roadside breath test, it was discovered that she had one of the highest readings ever in NSW.

Gemma Purcell, 34, (pictured) was found crying next to her crashed Suzuki Swift before exceeding the legal alcohol limit nine times. She told the police that before the crash she had a glass of wine with her mother and a beer

Gemma Purcell, 34, (pictured) was found crying next to her crashed Suzuki Swift before exceeding the legal alcohol limit nine times. She told the police that before the crash she had a glass of wine with her mother and a beer

She was arrested on the spot and returned to the police station for further questioning.

She later admitted that she had had a 375ml bottle of Tooheys New, but “ threw up a bit ” after consuming it.

Purcell appeared in the Wollongong Local Court on Friday after pleading guilty to the high cost of drunk driving.

The court heard how she was a “heavy drinker” who drank with her boyfriend every day.

Magistrate Mark Douglass said that Purcell had serious problems with alcohol that needed to be addressed.

Magistrate Mark Douglass sentenced the woman to 15 months' imprisonment, but allowed her to serve it within the community through an intensive correction order and demanded that she receive professional help on a wide range of issues

Magistrate Mark Douglass sentenced the woman to 15 months' imprisonment, but allowed her to serve it within the community through an intensive correction order and demanded that she receive professional help on a wide range of issues

Magistrate Mark Douglass sentenced the woman to 15 months’ imprisonment, but allowed her to serve it within the community through an intensive correction order and demanded that she receive professional help on a wide range of issues

“I am surprised at that lecture that you were able to speak to the police. In view of that circumstance, the court concludes that you are an alcoholic and that you have a real problem with alcohol. ‘

She was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment for serving in the community through an intensive correction warrant.

She must participate in mental health treatment and abstain from alcohol.

Her driving license has been suspended and her car must be equipped with a locking system for two years.

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