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Drunk lawyer tried to run from cops

AN IPSWICH criminal defence lawyer has been convicted of her second drink driving offence in 14 months, this time while fleeing police on her way to pick up Indian take-away for dinner.

Johanna Rose O'Leary, 35, tried to avoid an RBT on Limestone St on March 29 by sneaking in behind a parked car.

As police approached her passenger tried to flee, before O'Leary sped off towards the intersection at Brisbane Rd and tried to make an illegal turn.

She then reversed back up the one-way street as a police sergeant gave chase on foot.

O'Leary was now in the face of oncoming traffic, but the car was stationary, and the officer finally reached her door.

Despite repeated requests for her to open the door she wouldn't so the sergeant opened it himself, turned the engine off and removed the keys.

O'Leary got out of the vehicle and said all she wanted to do was get Indian take-away for dinner, and that she "was a solicitor and knew her rights and did the officer have a degree?".

O'Leary told him she'd drunk a bottle of red wine and a bottle of beer before driving to pick up take-away. When breath tested she blew 0.088.

O'Leary pleaded guilty at Ipswich Magistrates Court to drink driving, driving without due care and attention and failing to stop for police.

The court was told she had been convicted for a similar offence in March last year.

Defence lawyer David Shaw said the offending was at a lower level and his client had been going through some lifestyle problems during the past 12 months.

Mr Shaw said traffic on the night was minimal so no lives were put at risk.

O'Leary was fined $800 and disqualified from driving for eight months.

Topics:  drink driving ipswich lawyer police rbt



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