A mother who is under the influence of alcohol was caught behind the wheel while she exceeded the legal limit six times during lunch.
Sherri Ann Durston, 39, blew a blood alcohol reading of 0.298 after she was run over by the police on June 23 at 12:30 p.m. at 12:30 p.m. for her “ driving style ” on Old Bay Road in Burpengary, north of Brisbane.
That’s six times the open license limit of less than 0.05 percent.
Durston was disqualified for a year of driving and fined $ 1,600 for drunk driving at Caboolture Magistrates Court on Thursday, according to 9News.
Sherri Ann Durston (right), 39, and her partner (left) return home after being disqualified from a year of driving and fined $ 1,600 for drunk driving at Caboolture Magistrates Court on Thursday
When confronted by a 9News reporter outside her home, Durston said, “I don’t want to be on the news.”
Durston’s partner declined to speak, confronting the reporter with a request to leave him.
“It has nothing to do with you or anyone else. Can you please go? ‘ he said.
Durston was just meters from her home when she was spotted by police in a Nissan X-Trail at lunchtime on June 23.
Durston’s partner confronts a reporter in front of their house while she stayed in the car and refused to speak. She blew a blood alcohol reading of 0.298 on June 23, which is six times higher than the open license limit of less than 0.05 percent
The 39-year-old initially blew a blood alcohol result of over 0.30 percent, police said.
Durston was taken to Deception Bay Police Station where she recorded a second blood alcohol reading, this time from a 0.298 percent specimen sample.
Ken Sands, chief officer of Deception Bay Road Policing, said it was the highest value he had seen in the past decade.
“The highest I have seen in my ministry is between three and three, but certainly in the past decade this is the highest reading I have seen,” he told the Brisbane Times.
“It’s pretty scary.”
Police were shocked to find that Durston blew six times above the legal limit. Ken Sands, chief officer of Deception Bay Road Policing, said it was the highest value he had seen in the past decade. Picture: stock image of an RBT
According to the Australian Government’s Department of Health, blood alcohol levels in excess of 0.30 percent can lead to alcohol poisoning, coma and death.
Blood alcohol concentrations
What alcohol does to your body
Up to 0.05 percent
sense of well-being, talkative
0.05 to 0.08 percent
impaired judgment and movement
0.08 to 0.15 percent
reduced balance, coordination, vision and reflexes
unstable emotions, nausea, vomiting
0.15 to 0.30 percent
unable to walk unaided
sleepy, trouble breathing
loss of bladder control
possible loss of consciousness
more than 0.30 percent
Source: Australian Health Department
While the Durston’s blood alcohol concentration was shockingly high, it is not the highest ever in Australia.
In January 2016, a 52-year-old woman recorded a 0.486 percent reading after a crash near Coffs Harbor, NSW.
In late 2015, a 42-year-old woman from Queensland blew 0.48 percent after she passed out in her car in front of a Runaway Bay cafe.
Shocked police and alcohol experts at the time said they thought it was the highest blood alcohol reading ever in Australia.
The Moreton Bay neighborhood of Queensland, including Deception Bay, registered 19 drink drivers last week, police said.
One of the defendants was a 28-year-old Caboolture man who reportedly registered a blood alcohol concentration of 0.102 percent.
He has been charged and is expected to appear before the Caboolture Magistrates Court on July 22.
According to the Queensland Government, 55 people are killed on the roads of the state each year as a result of drunk driving and another 550 are seriously injured.
Not having alcohol is safer than just a small amount, because it’s easy to exceed the 0.05 percent minimum, according to the Queensland Government’s StreetSmarts website.
Blood alcohol levels can continue to rise after you stop drinking, and it can be difficult to control levels due to different alcohol levels and the size and shape of glasses.
Other variables can also affect your blood alcohol concentration, making it difficult to guess, including your weight, gender, metabolism, how often you drink, and how long since you’ve eaten, the website says.
Coffee, sleep, vomiting, or exercise will not lower your blood alcohol levels.
Old Bay Road in Burpengary, Queesland, where Durston was seen swinging before being arrested by police on lunchtime on June 23