Karen Williams speaks at a press conference at Capalaba

Redland Mayor Karen Williams investigated for misconduct over drink driving offence

Redland Mayor Karen Williams has been investigated for misconduct by an independent assessor after complaints over her drink driving offence.

The Office of the Independent Assessor (OIA) confirmed it concluded an investigation into Ms Williams, relating to her crash in Cleveland in June, and the matter could be referred to the Councillor Conduct Tribunal.

Ms Williams was granted to 80 hours of community service and had her license disqualified for six months after pleading guilty to drink driving at the Cleveland Magistrates Court on Monday.

Her blood alcohol concentration was 0.177, more than three times the legal limit when she crashed her car on June 23.

The court heard Ms Williams crossed four lanes of traffic before she left the road, entered a ditch and struck a tree in the single-vehicle crash.

No conviction was recorded, and she was not fined over the offence.

The Redland Mayor described the incident as a “lapse in judgment” and has committed to return to work this week.


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