Melbourne, May 23: Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath’s wife Sara Loenardi pleaded guilty to low level drink driving after she blew 0.071 – that was above the permissible limit of 0.05 – during a random breath test on April 26 as she drove home to Cronulla from Bondi.
The incident apparently happened when, after taking a glass of champagne and a white wine at a party to celebrate the opening of the Paper Planes Japanese resaurant in Bondi, she drank ‘Moscow Mule’ thinking that it was an alcohol free drink.
The drink made up of ginger beer, lime and possible Vodka was enough to put her over the legal limit, due to which the air she blew was higher than the permissible limit, in the breath analyzer test that was conducted on her.
No conviction was recorded against her, as Magistrate Jacqueline Milledge took into account character references from her husband and a charity and gave Leonardi a one-year good behaviour bond.
Milledge said that Leonardi had made an “error of judgement” and her “other good works” weighed in her favour.
Lawyer David Jackson told Waverley Court that Leonardi had consumed one glass of champagne on arrival at Paper Planes and later also drank a glass of white wine before being given the ‘mocktail’.
“Maybe the soft drink she had did have alcohol in it,” the Daily Telegraph quoted the lawyer as saying.
“She didn’t realise she was over (the limit)’.”
Leonardi had been humiliated by her arrets and by having to seek character references from her acquaintances, he added. (ANI)