A 66-year-old grandmother has appeared in court in Stoke on drink driving charges after she crashed her car while three times the legal limit.
Prosecuting at North Staffordshire Justice Centre, Sue Hayers told magistrates that members of the public stopped police to point out a Ford Fiesta which had been involved in a collision at around 6.30pm.
“Police noted it was parked on the pavement and was damaged. They went to the vehicle. The defendant was in the driver’s seat. She was asked if she had any injuries and she confirmed she did not,” said Miss Hayers.
“She said she was on her way to her daughter’s. Police could smell alcohol on her breath.
“She was slurring her words and was not making sense. She provided a positive roadside breath test. She was taken to custody where she was breathalysed and gave a reading of 102 micrograms.” The legal drink driving limit is 35mcg.
The defendant explained to a probation officer that she had arranged for her son-in-law to some decorating for her. She later changed her mind and was on her way to let him know when she collided with a signpost and bollard.
She said she was bewildered as to why she chose to drive and added that she was thankful no-one was injured.
Mitigating, Kate Preston described it as a “sorry case”.
“She has reached 66 with no previous convictions or cautions.
“She is the glue that keeps her family together and she cares for her elderly mother. This was completely out of character.
“It can only be put down to stress. Tinnitus was causing her not to sleep at night.
“She is mortified, totally embarrassed and ashamed. She regrets her actions.”
After pleading guilty to drink driving, Magistrates banned the defendant from driving for two years as well as imposing a fine of £200 plus £135 costs and a £32 surcharge. The ban may be reduced by six months on completion of the drink-drivers rehabilitation course.
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