Redlands mayor Karen Williams crashes car ‘after drinking multiple glasses of wine’

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

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

A Queensland Police spokesman said the investigation into an accident in which a station wagon “left the road and hit a tree” at the intersection of Queen and Wellington Streets in Cleveland was continuing around 9pm on Thursday.

“The driver, a 55-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment,” a spokesperson said.

Police said no one else was injured in the accident and the investigation is continuing.

Earlier in the day, the Redlands City Council budget for 2022-23 was handed over.

‘Apologies for my actions’

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

“I am extremely sorry for my actions and incredibly grateful that no one else was involved or injured,” Williams said.

“I will seek advice and continue to assist the police in their investigation.”

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