Thurgoona drink driver 'swerving all over the road'

THE erratic driving of intoxicated Thurgoona woman Melissa Grace Coombe led to her subsequent arrest for high-range drink-driving and disqualified driving.

Police were on the lookout for her silver Ford between Jindera and Burrumbuttock about 6.10pm on August 3.

Coombe, 36, of Mallee Court, pleaded guilty in Albury Local Court yesterday and magistrate Tony Murray ordered a pre- sentence report.

Her sentencing has been adjourned until October 21, but solicitor Mark Cronin said the offences breached 18-month bonds imposed on her in February.

A complaint to police indicated Coombe’s car was swerving across the road.

Police were waiting at Stony Park Road and saw a car coming towards them with the lights on high beam.

The officers saw it was travelling in the middle of the road as it came closer.

They moved their car to the left to allow Coombe’s vehicle to pass and then turned to follow her, activating their in-car video.

She was swerving across the road and police moved quickly to stop her.

There was a strong smell of alcohol from her, her eyes were glazed and bloodshot and she was slurring her words.

Coombe was asked for her licence and handed over a Victorian learner’s permit.

She was arrested and taken to the Albury police station where a breath analysis provided a reading of 0.156.

Coombe claimed she had two cans of Jim Beam at the Burrumbuttock hotel between 5.30pm and 6pm.

A police check of her record showed she had been convicted on November 5 last year for refusing to submit to a breath analysis.

Her Victorian learner’s licence expired on December 6, 2010.

She is disqualified from driving until October 27, 2016.

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