P-plater fined, disqualified for drink-driving crash on highway

An Orange teenager was fined $800 and disqualified from driving for four months at Cowra Local Court.

Dara Anne Kiely of Hartas Lane failed to appear before the court to face charges of driving with a special range Prescribed Concentration of Alcohol, and a provisional driver using a mobile phone while driving.

According to police facts, around 6am on Sunday, January 28, 17-year-old Kiely was traveling on the Mid Western Highway when she collided with the end of a roadside metal safety railing.

As a result of the impact the vehicle Kiely was driving rolled onto its roof, causing a front wheel to partially break free from the vehicle.

Keily subsequently pulled herself from the vehicle and headed to a nearby house, where the occupants called emergency services.

Kiely was taken to Cowra hospital for treatment and a blood test. The test returned a result of 0.037 grams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.

Kiely told police she had picked up her phone to dial a number which distracted her attention for the time it took her to leave the road.

In relation to her drinking she told police she had 12 spirit drinks between 8pm on Saturday, January 27 and 1am on January 28.