Redlands City Council Mayor Karen Williams admitted to driving after drinking “several glasses of wine” on Thursday night.
ABC understands Williams was taken to the hospital with minor injuries after her car crashed that night.
A Queensland Police spokesperson said investigations continued into an accident in which a pickup truck “went off the road and hit a tree” at the intersection of Queen and Wellington streets in Cleveland around 9pm on Thursday.
“The driver, a 55-year-old female, suffered minor injuries and was transported to hospital for treatment,” the spokesperson said.
Police said no one else was injured in the accident and that investigations were continuing.
Earlier in the day, the Redlands City Council budget for 2022-23 was delivered.
‘I am deeply sorry for my actions’
In a statement provided to ABC, Williams said he “made a serious error in judgment and drove after drinking several glasses of wine.”
“I am deeply sorry for my actions and am incredibly grateful that no one else was involved or hurt,” Williams said.
“I will seek advice and will continue to assist the police in their investigations.”
Williams was recently in the media after commenting on the sentencing of an 18-year-old convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2021 deaths of Matthew Field and Kate Leadbetter.
The then 17-year-old was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when he hit Field and Leadbetter with a stolen four-wheel drive in Alexandra Hills.
The teenager – who cannot be identified because he was convicted as a juvenile – received a 10-year sentence on more than a dozen counts, including two counts of manslaughter.
However, after considering the teenager’s early guilty plea, his steps toward rehabilitation, and “genuine remorse and shame,” the judge ordered him released from custody after serving six years.
Mrs. Williams was the lead petitioner backing a petition to have the sentence of the teenager accused of their deaths be appealed.
The petition called for the case to be appealed, claiming that his six-year sentence was “manifestly inadequate”.
It also called for stronger juvenile justice laws, including reinstating bail violations as a felony.
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