Nowra woman was drunk when she smashed into stationary van

A Nowra woman who smashed her car into another stationary vehicle at a set of traffic lights was drunk at the time.

Ellen Rombouts, 51, pleaded guilty to high-range drink driving in Nowra Local Court on Monday.

The court heard Rombouts returned a breath reading of 0.190, almost four times the legal limit.

Court papers said Rombouts was driving a Nissan Pulsar along Kalandar Street at 8.45am on July 18 and failed to stop at a red traffic light at Stuart Street, colliding with a stationary Mazda van stopped at the light.

The impact forced the van across the lane where Rombouts collided with it again.

Rombouts got out of the vehicle but allegedly returned and tried to restart the car before the other driver took her keys.

Rombouts walked to the nearby service station where she was found by police.

She returned a positive breath test and later a breath reading of 0.190.

She told officers she had started drinking the previous day at 6pm and had consumed two bottles of white wine. Her last drink had been at 2am.

Magistrate David O’Connor noted it was her second drink driving offence and she had health issues, including psychiatric problems.

He ordered she undergo drug and alcohol counselling.

The matter will be back in court on October 9.


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