A care-worker has been banned from the roads after drink driving, causing her to crash into a parked vehicle.
Amy Edwards, 26, was driving home from a pub when the incident occurred in Longton, Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard. Earlier that day she had attended the funeral of her cousin, who had died suddenly.
For the prosecution, Ruth Bentley said: “At 8.50pm on November 11, officers attended a road traffic collision in Uttoxeter Road involving a VW Beetle and a Vauxhall Corsa.
“The collision resulted in the Beetle rolling onto the passenger side. The driver was this defendant.
“She had to be taken from the vehicle by members of the public. An ambulance crew carried out initial observations on the defendant. They could smell intoxicating liquor and noticed she was slurring her words.”
The police attended the scene, where Edwards failed a breath test. After being checked over at the hospital, she was taken to the Northern Area Custody Facility at Etruria where officers gave her a secondary test, returning a reading of 95mcg alcohol per 100ml breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.
Edwards explained to a probation officer that she had been drinking in Longton town centre from around 5pm, with the intention of getting a taxi, however, she later decided to drive home.
Mitigating, Lee Yates said: “This is a lady who has been driving for a number of years and has no previous convictions. This was a decision, made after drinking alcohol, on what was clearly an emotional day.”
“Her manager at the residential care home says she works with a considerable amount of empathy and compassion for the residents. This is very much out of character for her.”
After pleading guilty to drink-driving, Magistrates gave Edwards a 12-month community order and ordered her to undertake 60 hours unpaid work, pay £135 costs, and a £85 victim surcharge. She was also banned from driving for 24 months, which may be reduced by 24 weeks if she completes a drink-drive rehabilitation course.
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