Jail for drink-driver Blackaby

Crystalea Blackaby
Crystalea Blackaby

UPDATE: Serial drink-driver Crystalea Blackaby has been jailed for 12 months and is expected to be flown out of Mackay this afternoon on a police plane - destination prison.

Blackaby had been "on the run" in Mackay for two months before police caught her driving a car on Macalister St about 12.15pm on Wednesday.

Despite being just 25-years old, she has a long history of drink-driving and disqualified driving offences.

She was a drunk (0.227%) and disqualified driver when she killed the brother of Olympic gold medallist Cathy Freeman in a car crash at Slade Point in 2008.

She pleaded guilty this morning to six charges in the Mackay Magistrate's Court, including drink-driving (0.058%) and disqualified driving, and was jailed for 12 months and was disqualified from driving for seven years.

However, the seven-year disqualification has little impact on her as she has already been disqualified from driving for life for the 2008 fatality.


2AM: CRYSTALEA Blackaby was a drunk and disqualified driver when she killed the brother of Olympic gold medallist Cathy Freeman in a car crash in 2008.

She was arrested by Mackay police again on Wednesday afternoon and was charged with drink-driving (0.058%) and disqualified driving.

Blackaby, 25, faced the Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday on six charges and was remanded in custody overnight.

She was stopped by police in Macalister St at 12.15pm and allegedly failed to state her correct name.

A check by police revealed there were warrants out for her arrest, including one for breaching her parole conditions.

Police have charged her with using a vehicle which was unregistered, uninsured and which had cancelled numberplates.

Blackaby is a serial drink-driver and disqualified driver. Blackaby had a reading of 0.227% and was disqualified when she crashed a sedan into a flat-deck rigid truck parked on Slade Point Rd in September, 2008.

Olympic champion Cathy Freeman's brother Norman Freeman, 33, was a front-seat passenger and he was killed instantly.

Blackaby was jailed for seven years and was released on parole in April last year and one of her parole conditions is that she does not consume alcohol.

She was jailed for one month in January this year for breaching her parole.


  • Drink-driving (0.160%) in May 2006.
  • Drink-driving (0.209%) in early 2009
  • Several convictions for disqualified driving.
  • Plead guilty in 2009 to dangerous driving causing death of Norman Freeman while 0.227% and disqualified.
  • She is disqualified from driving for life.

Topics:  crime disqualified driving drink driving police

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