Lisa Curry's daughter drinks 16 Strongbows, then drives
THE eldest daughter of former golden couple Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny has become one of 1650 people caught for drink-driving on the Sunshine Coast this year.
Jaimi Lee Kenny was caught drink-driving more than four times over the limit.
A court appearance yesterday revealed that the 27-year-old daughter of the former Olympic swimmer and champion ironman has struggled with anxiety and alcohol problems.
Kenny recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.23% on November 29 after drinking over a 12-hour period.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Leonie Scott said police pulled Kenny's car over on the Sunshine Motorway at Mountain Creek about 11pm after noticing her car swerving within the marked lanes and over the edge line.
She said Kenny told police she was not sure how much alcohol she had consumed, but she had her first drink at 8.30am and "could have had" 16 Strongbow Ciders.
Kenny told police she had sought help for an alcohol problem, Sgt Scott said.
Lawyer Chelsea Emery, appearing for Kenny, told the court her client had struggled with anxiety since she was 14, but alcohol became a "feature of her life" after a relationship breakdown two years ago.
"She didn't cope at all well and started consuming alcohol to self-medicate," she said.
The court heard Kenny had been at her best friend's wedding on the day she was pulled over for drink-driving and had sought help that morning for some issues.
Ms Emery said her client "conceded the reading was very high and the manner of driving was concerning".
"She recognises this could have gone horribly wrong for her and for other road users," she said.
The court heard Kenny, a nanny likely to lose her job without a licence, had gone on to medication to discourage alcohol use.
Kenny pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol.
She was fined $1200 and disqualified from driving for 11 months.
Magistrate Cliff Taylor accepted it was a "one-off" offence and that Kenny was receiving strong support to deal with her difficulties.
"It gives the court some confidence that there'll be no repetition," he said.
Of the 1650 people caught for drink-driving on the Coast this year, 900 were low-range drink-drivers.
The Crime Prevention Unit's Senior Constable Mark Readman said police wanted to discourage people who had been drinking from taking the risk of getting behind the wheel if they might have had one drink too many.
"Making that mistake of having an extra drink could land you in a court appearance, could lose you your licence and it could actually affect so much of your social standing, and you don't want to go down that path and we don't want you to go down that path," he said.