NEWS: Jodhi Meares has pleaded guilty to drink driving.

Jodhi Meares has had her licence suspended for 12 months and been fined $1,100 for drink driving.

The former model and Sydney fashion designer, 43, pleaded guilty to high-range drink driving in Waverley Local Court this afternoon.

Her two charges of driving on a suspended licence were withdrawn.

Meares arrived to court two hours late this morning, wearing a tailored black pantsuit and high heels.

Her lawyer, high profile-solicitor Chris Murphy, argued his client had suffered from extra attention due to being James Packer’s ex-wife.

He suggested Meares had already been ‘punished’ by that attention, arguing Meares had barely been able to leave her home since news of the accident broke, Fairfax Media reports.

Meares crashed her Range Rover into three parked vehicles in Sydney’s eastern suburbs just after 9:30pm on June 21.

Police said she recorded a 0.181 blood alcohol reading, almost four times the legal limit.

Meares’ licence had already been suspended at the time of the accident, from which she escaped without injury.

She rolled her own 4WD in the crash, which had to be towed away along with two others at the scene.

A witness told The Australian, “We were inside at the time but all we heard was ‘boom!’ I saw the woman in the crashed Range Rover and people ran over to try and help. No one else was hurt.”


According to media reports, Meares and her fiancé INXS frontman Jon Stevens had a public fight with other diners at a Bondi cafe on Saturday night, before her car crash.

Stevens was not present at court today, but he reportedly provided a written statement supporting Meares that was tendered in court.

To read more on the Meares case, read Bec Sparrow’s opinion post here or Mamamia’s first report here.

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