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Mayor Karen Williams admits to ‘drinking several glasses of wine’ and smashing her car into a tree

Road safety mayor and crusader admits to ‘drinking several glasses of wine’ before slamming her car into a tree

  • A mayor has admitted to drinking several glasses of wine and destroying her car
  • She is known as a road safety crusader
  • She slammed her car into a tree just hours after handing over the municipal budget
  • She apologized and said she made a ‘serious mistake’ in her judgment

A mayor has admitted to drinking ‘several’ glasses of wine before driving her car into a tree just hours after she released her council’s budget.

Karen Williams, mayor of Redland City Council in southeastern Brisbane, said she made an error of judgment when she crashed her car on Thursday night.

Police were called to an intersection in suburban Cleveland, where they found the road safety fighter and tested her breath.

The 55-year-old was later taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries and subjected to further breath tests.

In a sad statement, the mayor said: “I made a serious error of judgment last night and started driving after drinking several glasses of wine.

Karen Williams, mayor of Redlands City Council in southeastern Brisbane, said she made an error of judgment when she crashed her car Thursday night after drinking

Karen Williams, mayor of Redlands City Council in southeastern Brisbane, said she made an error of judgment when she crashed her car Thursday night after drinking “several glasses of wine”.

“I am deeply sorry for my actions and incredibly grateful that no one else was involved or injured.

“I will seek advice and continue to assist the police in their investigation.”

No charges have been filed while the investigation continues.

Cr Williams was in the media earlier in June after launching a petition for safer roads following a ‘mild’ sentence for a teenager who was intoxicated, who killed a couple and their unborn son.

The 18-year-old was convicted this year of manslaughter for the horror 2021 Australia Day deaths of Matthew Field, Kate Leadbetter and their unborn son Miles.

The driver, who was 17 at the time, was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when he got behind the wheel and collided with the couple walking their dogs in Alexandra Hills.

Cr Williams was in the media earlier in June after launching a petition for safer roads following a 'mild' sentence for a teenager who was intoxicated, who killed Kate Leadbetter, Matt Field and their unborn son.

Cr Williams was in the media earlier in June after launching a petition for safer roads following a ‘mild’ sentence for a teenager who was intoxicated, who killed Kate Leadbetter, Matt Field and their unborn son.

The teen who cannot be named because he was convicted as a minor was sentenced to 10 years in prison on a dozen charges.

However, the judge has ordered his release after serving six years, given his “sincere remorse”, early admission of guilt and steps towards rehabilitation.

Cr Williams was the main petitioner calling for an appeal against his sentence.

The petition labeled a six-year prison term “manifestly inadequate” for the teen.

Her Facebook page has been removed, although she has reportedly used the platform to share her road safety posts.

Cr Williams has been the mayor of Redland Council since 2012, elected a councilor in 2004. Before politics, she was the owner of flower studio Fleurtatious.

Police were called to a Cleveland intersection where they found the road safety fighter and tested her breath

Police were called to a Cleveland intersection where they found the road safety fighter and tested her breath

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