Nowra woman was drunk when she smashed into two stationary vehicles

A Nowra woman who returned a high-range breath reading after smashing her car into two stationary vehicles at a set of traffic lights has been ordered to complete 12 months of community service.

Ellen Rombouts, 51, has also been disqualified from driving for eight months and ordered to undergo the Interlock program for two years.

She pleaded guilty to high-range drink driving. Nowra Local Court hearing Rombouts returned a breath reading of 0.190, almost four times the legal limit, following an accident in Nowra in July.

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 stopped at the light.

The impact forced the vehicle across the lane.

As Rombouts drove around the vehicle she collided with a Mazda van, also stopped at the lights.

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

She walked to the nearby service station where she was found by police. A breath test returned a positive result and she later produced 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 Gabriel Fleming also ordered Rombouts not consume alcohol and that she report to Community Corrections.


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