THURGOONA woman Melissa Grace Coombe had previously made “hollow promises” about complying with medication and staying out of trouble, a magistrate said yesterday.
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Coombe, 36, was given a 12-month suspended sentence on charges of high-range drink-driving and disqualified driving in Albury Local Court.
Those offences had breached two previous 18-month bonds imposed on Coombe, who also ordered to comply with a medication regime.
Solicitor Mark Cronin said Coombe suffered from depression and bipolar disorder, but was back on her medication.
Magistrate Megan Greenwood said a Probation and Parole Service report indicated Coombe had a lack of insight into her offending.
It was Coombe’s erratic driving which brought her to attention after a complaint from the public.
Police were on the lookout for her silver Ford between Jindera and Burrumbuttock about 6.10pm on August 3.
Officers were waiting at Stony Park Road and saw a car coming towards them with the lights on high beam and in the middle of the road.
They moved to the left to allow Coombe to pass and then followed her, activating their in-car video.
She was swerving across the road and was stopped, later registering a blood alcohol reading of 0.156.
A check revealed she was disqualified until October 27, 2016.
Mr Cronin said Coombe had a problem with alcohol and a guideline judgment on high range drink-driving indicated a jail term should be imposed.
“Alcohol is a disaster for people with mental illness,” Ms Greenwood said.
“You will get caught out this time if you do not comply with the directions of the court.”
Coombe received a 12-month suspended sentence for drink-driving and a further two-year disqualification.
She got a two-year bond for disqualified driving and new 18-month bonds for the previous matters.
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