Albany hoon fined after retirement village crash

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser

An Albany woman who reached speeds of 130km/h and was more than four times over the limit before she crashed into a retirement village, has been disqualified from driving for almost a year.

Taryn Patricia Innes, 40, was fined $2200 and suspended from driving for 10 months after pleading guilty to reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol and endangering the life, health and safety of a person, in Albany Magistrates Court last Thursday.

The court heard Innes reached 131km/h in a 50km/h zone on David Street and failed to stop at the intersection on Ulster Road, before crossing the road and crashing into a brick wall of the RAAFA Village at 10.20pm on September 23.

The car smashed through the wall, courtyard and into the kitchen of the home of Lucy Winlow, but the 97-year-old and her husband luckily escaped injury.

The crashed caused $74,600 damage. Innes later gave a blood alcohol reading of 0.212 per cent.

Prosecuting Sergeant Carl Fjastad said Innes jeopardised the life of herself and others by getting into her car with an “extremely high” reading and said a prison term was an option for consideration.

Her defence lawyer said Innes had sought medical attention for “blackouts” in the weeks before the crash and had no recollection of the incident.

Magistrate Raelene Johnston said it was extremely lucky no residents in the retirement village were injured.

“The extent of your speed was frightening and it was most fortunate you were able to walk away and there were no long-term consequences,” she said.

“It is extremely lucky for you and the people living in that village that no one was harmed.”

Innes was also placed on an eight-month community-based order.

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