A car crash and an assault following a secret visit to the pokies has landed a Dubbo woman before the courts.
Kylie Ann Ford, 46, had consumed a number of alcoholic drinks at home before driving to the Pastoral Hotel on August 6 to "play a press", her defence lawyer Matthew Quill told the court.
Ford left the pub and began driving home. According to court documents when she exited the roundabout on Brisbane and Talbragar Streets Ford's car collided with the gutter and a small fence.
The vehicle's front bumper guard was partially dislodged and the front tyre deflated.
A bystander, who had earlier witnessed Ford driving on the wrong side of the road and the crash, checked on Ford who was sitting in the drivers seat of the car.
The bystander noticed Ford was affected by alcohol and took her keys from the ignition.
Ford asked for her keys back and took hold of the woman's left wrist squeezing it.
"My husband can't know I've been drink driving," she pleaded to the bystander.
"I just need to get over the bridge, give my f--king keys I want to go home."
Ford took off from the scene on foot when she was informed police were on their way.
She was later located at the Dubbo Information Centre car park by police, when she admitted to driving while intoxicated but made the excuse she had to "drive home to get her kids".
Ford was taken to Dubbo Police station where she returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.149.
At Dubbo Local Court on Wednesday Ford pleaded guilty to mid-range drink driving and common assault.
Mr Quill told the court Ford had a "reasonably good traffic record" despite one prior offence for driving under the influence in 2009.
He told the court Ford had felt "completely panicked about getting back to her house".
"Her main concern was having to explain to her husband she was at the Pastoral playing poker machines ... when they'd discussed it was a waste of money," Mr Quill told the court.
"He's a very supportive husband, he works two jobs to keep them going."
Magistrate Phillip Stewart accepted the assault was "out of character" and Ford had no criminal record therefore he would not issue a conviction for the offence.
Ford was convicted of mid-range drink driving, disqualified from driving for three months, fined $900 and placed on an interlock program for 12 months.