Mother, 30, was seven times the limit with daughter in the back seat


A drunk driver was seven times the legal limit when she passed out at the wheel with her young daughter in the back seat.

Kirsteen Meikle, from Bayswater, in Perth, was found by members of the public at 10am asleep at traffic lights on Guildford Road in Bassendean. 

The engine was still running and her baby was sitting in the back, according to 9News.

Meikle recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.37, seven times the legal limit of 0.05. 

The 30-year-old said she was taking her daughter to the river after a boozy night. She also admitted that she had finished off a bottle of wine that morning. 

Meikle should never have been behind the wheel in the first place as her licence had expired in 2015.

She pleaded guilty to drink driving and driving without a licence at Midland Magistrates Court on Friday and was banned from driving for a year. She was also fined $300.

The mum told the court that she suffered post-natal depression and had fallen ‘off the wagon’.

She said she was ‘extremely ashamed and embarrassed’ by the incident. 

The court case comes a week after four children were killed by an allegedly drunk driver in Sydney.

Sienna, 8, Angelina, 12, and Antony Abdallah, 13, died at the scene in Oatlands, Sydney’s north-west, on Saturday night alongside their 11-year-old cousin Veronique Sakr. 

Samuel William Davidson, 29, was allegedly three times the legal blood alcohol limit when he drove into the group of seven children. 


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