Bunbury drink driver escapes immediate prison term

A Bunbury woman caught drink driving in Carey Park earlier this week escaped an immediate prison term in Bunbury Magistrates Court on Thursday.

A Bunbury woman caught drink driving in Carey Park earlier this week escaped an immediate prison term in Bunbury Magistrates Court on Thursday.

A Bunbury woman caught drink driving in Carey Park earlier this week escaped an immediate prison term in Bunbury Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Helen Elizabeth Hardy, 51, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under suspension in relation to the February 13 offences.

The court heard Hardy was stopped for a random breath test just before midnight when she recorded a blood alcohol reading of .225gm.

Hardy, who has three previous convictions for excess .08, said she had been suffering from anxiety and depression, and had been living a “hectic lifestyle” over the past 12 months.

Magistrate Evan Shackleton told Hardy she was lucky not to have hurt anyone that night and urged the mother of two to get her drinking under control.

Hardy was given a six-month prison term, suspended for nine months, and was placed on a community-based order with program and supervision requirements.

“This is not a get out of jail free card,” Magistrate Shackleton said.

“This is your last opportunity.”

Hardy was also banned from driving for a further 39 months.

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