Queensland mayor to take unpaid leave after alleged drink-driving crash

A Queensland council mayor will look to take unpaid leave after she was allegedly caught behind the wheel more than three times over the legal blood alcohol limit.

Redlands mayor Karen Williams is due in court next month to face the drink-driving charges but will seek unpaid leave from council on Monday.

In a statement she apologised for her actions and their toll on the community.

“I will undertake this personal leave to respond to the police charge and to receive counselling, as I committed to do last week,” Williams said.

“I made a serious personal error of judgement, for which I am deeply sorry.

“While not excusing my actions in anyway, the death threats and serious abuse I have received this past week have also taken a heavy toll on my family and staff.”

The 55-year-old admitted crashing her vehicle into a tree east of Brisbane on 23 June, hours after hosting an online meeting with the families of people who had been killed by drunk drivers.

Police have been investigating the incident and Williams was issued with a notice to appear for drink-driving after allegedly returning a blood alcohol test of 0.177%.

No one was injured when the car allegedly left the road, travelled through a fence and struck a tree.

Williams is due to appear in Cleveland magistrates court on 1 August.

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