Drink-driving mum admits another charge

A 40-year-old woman has admitted another alcohol-driving charge, just one year after being sentenced for drink-driving with her two children in her car.

Melanie Susan Trebilco was caught on Rolleston Drive, in Rolleston, about 4.30pm on March 2, driving with 871mcg of alcohol to a litre of breath. The limit is 250mcg.

She told police she had been celebrating her birthday by drinking wine with friends.

Today at the Christchurch District Court she was remanded on bail for sentence to April 30.

Community Magistrate Jan Holmes ordered a pre-sentence report for the sentencing, and said the probation service recommended intensive supervision.

She told Trebilco that during her remand she was not to drive a car if she had consumed any alcohol.

Trebilco was sentenced to disqualification from driving for eight months, and a fine of $1000 at her last appearance on January 23, 2017.

She admitted it was “just stupidity” that she was driving with the children, aged 3 and 9, and she refused to let police officers drive her children to the police station in a patrol car without child restraints.

Police said she had been caught driving in an area where many children were leaving Rolleston Primary School and a day-care centre.



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