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Qld mayor sentenced to community service

A Queensland mayor has been sentenced to community service for drunk driving after he hit a tree with a car while driving over the legal limit.

A Queensland mayor who returned a blood alcohol test more than three times the legal limit has been sentenced to community service after viewing graphic footage of crashes.

Redland Mayor Karen Williams drove her vehicle into a tree in Cleveland, southeast of Brisbane, after leaving council offices on June 23.

The 55-year-old pleaded guilty in Cleveland Magistrates Court on Monday as around 20 activists demonstrated outside.

Magistrate Deborah Vasta sentenced Williams to 80 hours of community service, saying she believed the mayor deserved a pardon and a second chance.

But first, she showed a drunk driving awareness graphic video in court, saying it was part of her procedures for traffic offenders.

So far this year, 172 people have been killed on Queensland’s roads this year, making it the worst road toll in 30 years, Ms Vasta said.

She also said that Williams paid and will continue to pay dearly for the mistakes she made that day.

The court was told that Williams drank four glasses of wine after finalizing the council’s budget and had not eaten since 6 p.m. the day before.

Williams received a notice to appear in court for driving under the influence of alcohol after returning a blood alcohol level of 0.177%.

No one was injured when the car she was driving left the road, drove through a fence and hit a tree.

Williams has been on unpaid leave since receiving the summons.

She was banned from driving for six months and no convictions were recorded.