Redlands Mayor Karen Williams crashes car ‘after drinking several glasses of wine’

The Mayor of Redlands City Council, Karen Williams, has admitted to driving after drinking “several glasses of wine” on Thursday night.

The ABC understands Ms Williams was taken to hospital with minor injuries after her car crashed that night.

A Queensland police spokesperson said investigations were continuing into a crash where a station wagon “left the road and struck a tree” at the intersection of Queen and Wellington Streets at Cleveland” around 9pm on Thursday.

“The driver, a 55-year-old woman, 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 handed down.

‘Deeply sorry for my actions’

In a statement provided to the ABC, Ms Williams said she “made a serious error in judgment and drove after drinking several glasses of wine”.

“I am deeply sorry for my actions and am incredibly thankful no-one else was involved or injured,” Ms Williams said.

“I will be seeking counseling and will continue to assist police in their inquiries.”

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