Drunk driver drove into train at crossing

A WOMAN drink-driver who crashed her car into a train at a North Toowoomba crossing was lucky to be in court to answer to the charges, a magistrate said.

Sarah Anne Garner sustained significant injuries after the car she was driving crashed through boom gates at the Jellicoe St rail crossing about 10.30pm, January 17, and into a moving train, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

The 33-year-old was taken to Toowoomba Hospital where a specimen of blood was taken for analysis.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Tim Hutton told the court results of the blood analysis showed Garner at the time of the accident had a blood/alcohol level of 0.1 and traces of marijuana were also found in her system.

Garner pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and drink-driving.

Her solicitor Shane MacDonald told the court the crash had come just four days after his client and her partner had separated.

He said his client sustained significant injuries in the crash and spent eight weeks in hospital and had endured three operations.

She had not worked or driven since, Mr MacDonald said.

Magistrate Trevor Black told Garner he was "pleased to see you standing here", adding that the outcome of the crash could have been much worse.

Taking into account she had already suffered significantly through her injuries, Mr Black fined Garner $1200 and disqualified her from holding or obtaining a driver's licence for nine months.


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