By Nelson Groom
A selfie-loving teenage drink driver accidentally filmed herself crashing at high speeds while using Snapchat behind the wheel – branding her iPhone with the Mazda logo in the process.
The 19-year-old, from Dennington, Victoria, was more than three times over the legal blood alcohol limit while she filmed herself in the moments before running off the road nearby Winslow.
Video of the shattered phone released by Victoria Police shows the woman hurtling down a dark country road before losing control and veering off course.
Officers also revealed the woman’s cracked phone screen was left with an imprint of the Mazda logo after the vehicle’s airbag deployed into it.
The woman, who was driving on a probationary licence, was slapped with a raft of charges including speeding, careless driving, a blood alcohol reading of 0.164 and using a mobile phone while driving.
She was also disqualified from driving for 16 months and fined $2,000 AUD (£1,150).
A spokesman for Victoria Police said: “This footage of a driver’s Snapchat video was taken seconds before she ran off the road and crashed, thankfully without serious injury.
“The phone’s screen bears the imprint of a Mazda logo which crash investigators believe was caused by the deployment of the airbag.
“A 19-year-old Dennington woman was charged with numerous traffic related offences including drive at a speed dangerous, careless driving, drive in a manner dangerous and use a mobile phone whilst driving. She had a blood alcohol reading of 0.164.
“The charges were in relation to an incident on Caramut-Warrnambool Road in Winslow on 21 August, 2017.
“The woman appeared in Warrnambool Magistrates’ Court on 11 December 2017.
“Her probationary licence was cancelled, she was disqualified from driving for 16 months and fined $2,000 AUD.”
The incident comes amid plans to crackdown on drink-driving across Victoria.
Tough new laws are being drafted which would see first-time drink-drivers caught with a blood alcohol content of 0.05 and 0.07 lose their licences and have interlock devices installed in their cars.