A TIERI woman risked her own life and the lives of anyone else driving in Emerald on Wednesday morning by being behind the wheel and eight times over the legal alchol limit.
About 11am, police received a call from a concerned member of the public which led them to a vehicle on Opal St.
There they found the 44-year-old woman sitting in the car, with the motor still running.
A roadside breath test revealed a shocking result - 0.4%.
Police swiftly arrested the woman and took her back to the station, where she failed to supply a further breath specimen.
Dr Ewen McPhee of Emerald Medical Group said the "ignorance" or "wilful disregard" people had of the dangers of high range drink driving was frightening.
"A blood alcohol level of 0.4% is associated most significantly with a risk of sudden death as the alcohol paralyses the breathing system in the brain," Dr McPhee said.
"That aside, a person that impaired would be a high risk of killing others on the road, including pedestrians."
Emerald police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Peter McFarlane said consuming enough alcohol for such a high reading could have devastating results.
"While all drink driving will not be tolerated, I think the entire community would agree that this sort of reading is completely irresponsible."
The woman was charged with driving under the influence of liquor or drugs and failing to supply a specimen.
She will face court in February for the charges.
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