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Woman blows nine times over drink limit

A WOMAN who blew a record blood alcohol reading after crashing her car into a tree was today jailed.

Heather-Ann Higgins, 49, was jailed for six months after pleading guilty to reckless conduct endangering life and driving while exceeding the blood alcohol limit, the Herald Sun reports.

She also lost her licence for five years.

Higgins blew .462 - believed to be an Australian record reading for a female driver and a record nine times over the legal blood-alcohol limit.

Ms Higgins, 49, told police she drank four cans of a vodka-based mixed drink shortly before she hit a tree and rolled her car on a road in Moorooduc, on Mornington Peninsula, on February 15.

The force of the impact was such that her hat ended up in a tree at least 6m off the ground.

Ms Higgins' blood-alcohol level was tested after a sample was taken while she was treated at the Frankston Hospital.

Today Magistrate Ross Betts said he would have jailed Higgins for a year had she not pleaded guilty.

And he blasted motorists for regarding drink driving as a minor offence.

''Every day people from all walks of life come before this court charged with drink driving offences,'' Mr Betts said.

''Unfortunately, far too many of them appear to consider this an innocuous and minor offence that caused no real harm to others.''

Higgins has two prior convictions for drink driving.

In 1994 she blew .175 and had her licence cancelled for 17 months. In 1997 she recorded .275 and lost her licence for 57 months.

The court was told she is an alcoholic who had unsuccessfully tried to rehabilitate herself.

Lawyers for Higgins will today apply for bail pending an appeal on the severity of the sentence.

Earlier in the case, Constable Phil Frith said the reading was believed to be the highest recorded for a woman in Victoria.

"I was dumbfounded, to put it politely,'' Constable Frith said.

"I rang forensic science straight away to confirm it and they said it was definitely correct.''

Constable Frith, who was one of the first to arrive at the scene, said the woman was trapped in the wreckage and police helped an ambulance crew free her.

He said she was very lucky to be alive.

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  • I just saw this crazy bitch on the local news. We aussies sure are good at getting pissed. And smoking weed. And taking e's. And shooting smack. And.........

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    • Yep we do it all at 110% Work hard and party hard is just the Aussie way... but I doubt this stupid old slapper has done a days work in years. Dole bludger sponsored by centrelink if I ever saw one.

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  • She still looks drunk. I bet she claims she only drinks on days that end with a Y. What a lush.

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  • Tanked

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  • She should had lost her driver's licence forever.

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  • HANG THE BITCH and every drunk drunk driver that get's behind the wheel . If you drink and drive you are a MURDERER .. yesterday again a drunk driver in my country killed a 17 year old girl who was riding her bike on a cycle path , her friend that was riding beside her got away with some minor bruses. DRUNK DRIVERS ARE KILLERS and I despice them.

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  • Nice !!!!

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  • remember the boyfriend of brit royal princess anne (the horse faced oddbod the public is now protected from), zara philips is her name. anyway, zara's beefcake boyfriend may be a hunk, but he too is guilty of drink driving...breathalyzed the day after a royal piss up weeks ago.nice to know the useless brit royals mix in such fitting company. drink driving is a great way for nature to sum up on a plate what a dickhead you are.lets see how her boyfriend's legal consel manage to pin the drunkeness More..

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  • those brits can drink it like water..I never could hold my booze, more of a smoker

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    • It's an Australian story, from an Australian news company, reporting about a story that took place in Australia.

      If you private message me, I'll disclose my paypal info so you can thank me personally for my comment.

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    • Ummm... Not that I'm proud of it but that silly old bitch is an Aussie, and a Farkin loser at that.

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  • true story, man has an accident, hitting lamp post wrecking the car and the post which fall on to bus stop, police go home to see him, breath test and so on hes 5 times over the limit, off to court. his lawyer argues his client was so shocket that went home to drink to calm nerves down. police cant prove he was drunk during the incident, gets off with warning, happy days thats the UK for ya.

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  • Now that's someone I can drink with, keep up with me!

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  • I've read somewhere that LSD can cure alchoholism. Hard to believe, but how fun trying to find out.

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  • Holy shit, she's 49 years old. She looks like she is about 69 years old. Now you see what alcoholism does to the body and face!!

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