Woman charged twice in one day

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April 1 turned out to be an appropriate date for a woman who police say foolishly caused trouble in Margaret River and earnt herself an appointment with the magistrate.

A 42-year-old woman was caught allegedly drunk behind the wheel on two separate occasions, two hours apart, in Witchcliffe and then Augusta.

Police officer-in-charge Sergeant Luke Fowler said in the first incident, residents alerted authorities to the woman asleep at the wheel of her car, which had allegedly veered into trees on the side of Bussell Highway near Holland Road in Witchcliffe.

Police claimed the driver was disqualified from holding a motor driver’s licence.

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“Upon being requested to provide a roadside sample of breath by police, the driver continually refused,” police claimed.

“The driver was subsequently placed under arrest.”

Police allege the woman then refused to get out of her car and “struggled” with the attending officers, allegedly attempting to push both in the chest.

She was taken to the Margaret River police station where she allegedly continued to act aggressively.

“The driver declined a formal demand from police to provide a sample of breath for analysis,” Sgt Fowler claimed.

The woman was charged with driving without a licence, refusing a breath test, obstructing police, possession of cannabis, disorderly conduct in the police station, and a further charge of failing to comply with a requirement to provide a breath sample.

Staggeringly, after release on bail several hours later, the woman was allegedly found again in Augusta and then charged with driving without authority a second time, another two counts of allegedly refusing a breath test, disorderly behaviour in a public place, and disorderly behaviour at Augusta police station.

Officers had found the woman again behind the wheel, stopped on Blackwood Avenue near Hardy Street in Augusta at around 7pm.

Police will allege “members of the public had observed the vehicle veer off the road and impact with a tree at low speed,” Sgt Fowler said.

“Upon being requested by police to provide a roadside sample of breath, the driver continually refused,” he claimed.

“The driver was subsequently placed under arrest, at which time it will be alleged she became verbally abusive towards police.”

The bad behaviour allegedly continued at the lock-up, resulting in those further charges.

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