Crash driver 0.243

A LAUNCESTON motorist who crashed into a ute yesterday morning was nearly five times over the alcohol limit and on her way to buy more booze, police say.

The West Launceston woman, 52, was arrested after running a red light in Wellington Street and colliding with another vehicle about 10.10am.

A breathalyser test returned a reading of 0.243.

Police on the scene said they were disgusted by the driver's actions.

"To be at that level of intoxication at such an early hour of the morning, moving through heavy traffic, is very concerning and, quite frankly, disgraceful," Senior Constable Stuart Greenwood, of Launceston police, said.

"It's exceptionally lucky that nobody was injured and it can only really be put down to the fact that it was a low- speed collision."

The woman was driving a Subaru sedan when she hit a ute being driven in York Street at the Wellington Street intersection.

After testing positive to alcohol at the scene the woman was taken to Launceston Police Headquarters for further breath analysis. The woman was issued with an excessive drink-driving notice banning her from driving for two years.

She was charged with drink-driving and police bailed her to appear in the Launceston Magistrates Court on May 14.