Woman's alcohol level alarms

A woman, who drove with an "extremely high" blood alcohol level, was yesterday told by a judge she was a danger to herself and others.

Kirsty Olivia Fensom, 27, unemployed, appeared before Judge Kevin Phillips in the Invercargill District Court for driving while disqualified and with a blood alcohol level of 335mg on December 10.

She was sentenced to 10 months' jail, disqualified indefinitely and authorised to apply for a three-year zero-alcohol licence.

Judge Phillips said Fensom drove to a bottle store and was in such an intoxicated condition the attendant confronted her about her ability to drive. Fensom ignored the attendant and drove away.

Her breath alcohol reading was taken at 1531mcg, but she elected blood and returned a level of 335mg.

"That is extremely alarming. You would have been so intoxicated there would have been no control over a motor vehicle at all," the judge said. "You are a danger to yourself and others."

Judge Phillips told Fensom she was nothing more than a lethal weapon that morning on the streets of Invercargill.

The Southland Times