A drink-driving Lavington doctor has had to be handcuffed to the back of a police car after berating officers over her arrest.
Nilanthi Kanapathipillai had not long enjoyed three champagnes at a nearby hotel, Albury Local Court has heard.
She had continued driving, albeit slowly, after police put on their warning lights to get her to pull over for a breath test.
And then when she actually stopped, police noticed that Kanapathipillai was driving while using a navigation app on the mobile phone on her lap. Her car also reeked of alcohol.
The 42-year-old, who returns to her home in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn every weekend, was "well-affected" by alcohol.
After producing her driver's licence, Kanapathipillai was asked to submit to the breath test.
"However," police said, "she failed to supply a sufficient sample of her breath" and was told that if she couldn't "she would be arrested."
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She was given a second chance, then failed again.
When told she was going to be arrested and taken back to Albury police station, Kanapathipillai pleaded: "Please give me another chance, I'll do it this time."
She then gave a positive result, in a test done by the side of the road in Prune Street, Lavington, on June 21 about 9.20pm.
"The accused has then attempted to eat some hot chips that were on the front passenger seat of her vehicle and had to be told twice not to eat, as she was under arrest and would be required to submit to a breath analysis at Albury police station," police said.
Kanapathipillai got out of her car, but also continued to question why she was being taken to the station.
She also made no attempt to comply with the officers' request to get in their vehicle.
One grabbed hold of her upper right arm, but Kanapathipillai tried to break free and so was handcuffed to the back of the car while police put in a request for a caged vehicle.
"Whilst waiting, the accused continually berated police for their course of action and complained of police using excess force, causing her pain. The accused was warned to calm down repeatedly."
She did calm down, before the caged vehicle arrived, so the handcuffs were removed.
She gave a reading at the station of 0.124.
Kanapathipillai pleaded guilty to mid-range drink-driving, was convicted and fined $500 and her Victorian licence was disqualified for six months.
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