A woman was apprehended by police for drink driving as she pulled into her driveway after being reported by a member of the public.
Worcester Magistrates Court heard that a breathalyser test administered at the scene twice showed her to be twice the legal limit, however she was unable to provide a sample at the police station following her arrest.
Police caught up to her at 3.15am and the tests showed her to have 125mcg alcohol per 100ml breath against the legal limit of 35mcg, according to Nicola Ritchie for the prosecution.
Katherine Maynereid, mitigating for the defendant, said that on the evening in question the woman had driven to a friends house with the intention of having a few drinks and staying the night.
Ms Maynereid continued, however: “She got into an argument as one of the friends was taking drugs, and she did not feel safe, and able to stay there.
“She then finds herself outside, with the keys in her hands. At that moment it seemed a good idea. It was a mile-and-half to her home.
“It was out of character.”
She went on to explain that the woman had at no point refused to give a sample, but that she had been left short of breath due to the stress of the argument, the arrest, and suffering from asthma – as such she was physically unable to complete the test.
The court also heard from the probation service that the woman had problems dealing with alcohol and that she would be suitable for a drink awareness course.
After pleading guilty to failing to provide a specimen on suspicion of drink driving, Magistrates ordered her to complete 14 sessionsata drink impairment programme and undertake 60 hours of unpaid work.
They also banned her from driving for 18 months and ordered her to pay £135 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.
The ban may be reduced by 18 weeks on completion of a drink driving awareness course.
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