NSW Ambulance officers get Albury drunk driver off the road

TWO NSW ambulance officers were in the right place at the right time when a woman crashed her car in front of them, a court heard yesterday.

But it was not a case of luck for Albury woman Rebecca Amy Comte, who was later arrested with a blood alcohol reading of 0.204.

Comte was driving a black Subaru Impreza about 8pm on August 14 when she stopped at the roundabout at the East Street and Borella Road intersection.

Two ambulance officers travelling behind her watched on as she went through the roundabout and failed to give way to another car turning right.

The right wheel of Comte’s vehicle mounted the roundabout and she continued to drive on the wrong side of the road.

The officers in the ambulance activated their red and blue beacons to stop Comte.

Their intention was to check on her welfare and to warn other oncoming vehicles about the danger.

Comte stopped and spoke to an officer.

She was taken back to the ambulance for observation but was not injured.

Police were contacted, attended about 8.35pm and arrested Comte for a breath analysis which later showed a reading of 0.204.

Comte, 37, of Lavis Street, did not appear in Albury Local Court yesterday on a high-range drink-driving offence.

But solicitor Allison Bruce entered a guilty plea on her behalf.

Ms Bruce said Comte was undergoing a six-week residential alcohol rehabilitation course in Wagga.

The court was told Comte got her driving licence in 1993 and had two previous drink- driving offences, in 1996 and 2001.

Comte told police she had had her first drink at 11am.

She drank three glasses of white wine, with her last drink being at 4pm.

Magistrate Tony Murray ordered a pre-sentence report and adjourned Comte’s sentencing until October 21.

Mr Murray said there were factors of aggravation with the offence because Comte was more than four times over the legal limit, along with her previous drink-driving history.