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Jail Likely For Woman Who Drove Drunk While Pregnant

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Wellington, Jan 17 NZPA - Jail is likely for a Rotorua woman who drove drunk while seven months pregnant.

The Daily Post said the woman, Rachael Brown, 38, admitted drink driving and driving while disqualified when she appeared in Rotorua District Court this week. It was her eighth conviction for drink driving and her 15th for driving while disqualified, and Judge Chris McGuire told her a long jail term was likely.

Brown's breath alcohol level was 994 micrograms per litre of breath when she was stopped last July 26. The legal limit is 400mcg.

Brown was carrying two passengers and told police she was driving because she was the least drunk, the newspaper said.

She has never had her licence and had previously been indefinitely disqualified from holding one.

Her lawyer, Brett Cooper, asked that home detention be considered but Judge McGuire said that was "definitely not" an option.

"This is her eighth conviction for drink driving. It speaks for itself."

Judge McGuire remanded Brown remanded on bail but said that was only because she was the sole caregiver of her two children and those of her partner, who was in jail.

"You are on bail purely on account of your children. If not for them, you would be remanded in custody," the judge said.

Brown will be sentenced on March 12.


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