Drunk mum avoids prison

11-07-2018 by admin

AMANDA Jayne Springall maybe spared going to jail despite recording a blood-alcohol reading more than six times the legal limit after crashing her car with two children aboard.

Police on Monday urged magistrate Michael Crompton to put Springallbehind bars, but instead Mr Crompton ordered theWagga woman be assessed for home detention after she pleaded guilty to driving with a high-rangeblood-alcohol reading of .324.

If found suitable for the punishment, Springall will be largely restricted to her home for five months apart from the time she would perform community service.

If found unsuitable, Springall will be jailed.

Police prosecutor, Sergeant Steve Watterson, told Mr Crompton police believed the point had been passed where home detention was appropriate.

It was Springall’s 30thbirthday on February 14 when she crashed her Ford Falconin Tarcutta Street.

She lost control of the carafter going through a roundabout at the Forsyth Street intersection and ploughedinto a front fence.

Springall then drove into Day Street before removing her two children, aged one and four, from the car and walking away.

Police who attended the crash scene saw the brokenfence and Springall’s car, which had two flat back tyres and front end damage.

Springall returned soon after, and police could tell straight away she was well affected by alcohol.

But she told them then she had not been drinking before the crash, saying instead the had drunk four glasses of wine in 35 minutes afterwards.

Springall, however, pleaded guilty to drink-driving.

The court heard it was her second such offence, having been convicted of a mid-range offence(.143) in Queensland in 2011.

Her solicitor, David Barron, put to the court that Springall had been a victim of domestic violence in Queensland, had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and had completed a traffic offender’s program.

Mr Crompton said he was satisfied no penalty other than a custodial sentencewas appropriate, but takinginto account Springall’s guilty plea, the fact she was a victim of domestic violence, was the carer of two young children and had completed the traffic offender’s program he would order she be assessed for home detention.

“If any of these infants had been injured we would be looking at a different order,” Mr Crompton said.

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