A Murwillumbah woman has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm while under the influence and causing bodily harm.
A Murwillumbah woman has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm while under the influence and causing bodily harm. © iStockphoto.com/Pgiam

Drinking game led to crash

A MURWILLUMBAH woman was knocking back shot glasses of wine in a drinking game before she jumped behind the wheel of a car that seriously injured two of her friends, court documents state.

Jennifer Anne Newell pleaded guilty to dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm while under the influence and causing bodily harm by misconduct in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday.

She was supported by family in the public gallery as her lawyer entered the plea on Newell's behalf.

The charges relate to the 20-year-old woman who, with her friend Anastasia Walker, then 18, in the passenger seat, drove a car that smashed into another car occupied by her friends, Jake Reading and Nicholas Walker, then 16.

Police facts presented to the court say Mr Reading, Ms and Mr Walker went to the defendant's father's house at Burringbar on July 24 last year, where they played a drinking game and drank wine from shot glasses.

Mr Reading and Mr Walker then got into a Holden Commodore and the accused and Ms Walker got into a Holden Barina.

Newell drove to Murwillumbah on the Tweed Valley Way.

Newell was driving on Riverview St when Ms Walker saw the Commodore stopped near the intersection of Condong St.

When Ms Walker realised Newell was not slowing as she approached their friend's car, she asked the accused to slow down "a number of times."

The car collided heavily with the passenger side of the Holden Commodore, badly injuring Mr Walker, who had been sitting in the passenger seat.

Mr Walker sustained chest injuries and Ms Walker suffered limb injuries.

Police allege Ms Walker still struggles because of her injuries.

Newell gave a blood alcohol reading of 0.133 on the night of the crash.

In Lismore Local Court, Magistrate R Denes adjourned the matter for sentencing on February 21.


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