Woman pleads guilty to mid-range drink driving after head-on collision

A woman who caused a head-on collision south of Bermagui earlier this year was lucky not to receive more serious punishment after pleading guilty to mid-range drink driving in Narooma Local Court on Thursday, October 12.

According to the police facts tendered to court, Mary Therese Tarlinton, 54 of Narooma, was driving north on the Bermagui Tathra Road at the Murrah at 2.30pm on February 25. Her vehicle crossed lanes and collided head-on with a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction. 

She was flown to Canberra Hospital after sustaining serious facial and chest injuries. A sample showed a blood alcohol level of 0.111. Police said the occupants of the other vehicle were in shock but not hurt.

Magistrate Doug Dick said she was extremely lucky the others involved were not injured or she could have faced more serious charges. The court heard Tarlinton suffered post traumatic stress disorder after previous traumatic events and on the day was fleeing her former partner.

She was placed on a 12-month bond with community correctional supervision, fined $500 and had her licence suspended for six months. She must undergo mental health and alcohol counseling. 

She was extremely lucky the others involved were not injured.

Magistrate Doug Dick