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COURT: Roma school teacher busted drink driving on highway

A Roma schoolteacher is hundreds of dollars out of pocket and without a licence for a month after being caught drink driving on a major highway.

On January 19, Roma Magistrates Court heard Angela Margaret McGlynn was catching up with her sister and drinking wine for a special get-together, before she decided to get behind the wheel the next morning on December 16, 2020.

But the mother-of-three found out how grossly she misjudged the amount she drank that night when police pulled her up on the Warrego Highway at Roma at 7.30am.

Police conducted a breath test and returned a reading of 0.082, police prosecutor sergeant Heather Whiting told the court.

McGlynn’s solicitor Cathie Tucker said she’s a member of many community organisations such as children's sporting clubs, head coach of a Darling Downs netball team, and has previously provided transport for her teams.

Ms Tucker also provided two character references to the court.

But magistrate Peter Saggers reminded McGlynn that she can’t get the alcohol out quicker once she puts it in.

“It’s easier to put it in, a bit harder to put it off,” he said.

McGlynn pleaded guilty to her charge of driving over the general limit but not over the middle, and did not have her conviction recorded.

She was given a $400 fine on top of her mandatory one month driving disqualification.


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