Woman accused of drink driving along boardwalk has surprising explanation

A woman accused of driving drunk along a popular Brisbane boardwalk has offered a surprising explanation on her way into court.

Cheryl Ann Taylor allegedly drove down the busy river boardwalk at South Bank, navigating pedestrians and cyclists before eventually being pulled over and breath-tested by police outside the State Library.

They allege she blew more than three times the legal blood alcohol limit.

As she made her way into court on Tuesday, the 40-year-old initially tried to avoid answering questions but eventually stopped and tried to explain her side of the story.

Cheryl Ann Taylor is accused of driving her car down a busy Brisbane boardwalk. Source: 7 News

“I was only taking the dog for a swim,” she told Seven News.

“I’ve got a 19-year-old son and he just keeps putting blame on me and he needs to get help as well.

“I was going to take the dog for a swim to get my son out of my head.”

Taylor apologised in court, saying she intends to plead guilty, but the case has sparked concern over just how easy it is for vehicles to access public pathways.

The Brisbane mother said she was trying to take her dog for a walk. Source: 7 News

But Brisbane City Councillor Adrian Schrinner insists they are taking action.

"Boardwalks around the city and sections of pedestrian paths… we're auditing all of them and making sure that action is taken to improve safety,” Mr Schrinner said.

Taylor will be back in court next month.

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