Drink drama spills over
A STANTHORPE woman allegedly caught while driving at more than eight times the legal limit was arrested again yesterday morning, after being charged with consuming alcohol while waiting for her case to be heard in court.
Allison Taj Frederiksen, 39, was escorted by police from her vehicle to the police station at around 11.30am after she is alleged to have returned a reading of 0.241, a breach of a bail condition requiring her not to consume alcohol.
It is believed Frederiksen was seated in the passenger seat of her vehicle outside the Stanthorpe Magistrates Court and drinking while the court was on morning tea break.
She was due to appear in the court to face two high-range drink-driving charges.
The first charge resulted from an incident on July 8, where police located Frederiksen in her vehicle and allege she returned a reading of 0.407 – more than eight times the legal limit.
Less than two weeks later on July 22, police were notified of a possible drunk person behind the wheel and Frederiksen was again located in her car, this time allegedly returning a reading of 0.318.
Frederiksen did not appear in court yesterday but was represented by counsel who made a bail application on her behalf.
The police prosecutor presented to the court his fears Frederiksen may not appear for her next date sober and requested bail be denied.
He told the court it was one of Frederiksen’s bail conditions to abstain from alcohol and her high blood alcohol reading yesterday morning was a breach of that condition.
The woman’s mother’s best friend spoke to the court during the bail application and said it was Frederiksen’s mothers wish for her troubled daughter to be sent to jail as a means to access help.
Magistrate Anne Thacker told the court it appeared Frederiksen was unable to manage herself and should be remanded in custody overnight.
She will front Warwick Magistrates Court this morning to face the two drink-driving charges and one charge of breaching bail.