A woman has appeared at Worcester Magistrates Court after a member of the public reported her for drink driving.
When police caught up to her she was pulling into her driveway and after administering a breathalyser test she was found to be twice the legal limit, however later was unable to provide a sample.
Prosecuting, Nicola Ritchie told the court that police caught the 28-year-old woman at 3.15am, with the breath test returning a result of 125mcg alcohol per 100ml breath – the legal limit is 35mcg.
Police arrested the woman and took her to the police station where she failed to complete another breath test.
Defending the woman, Katherine Maynereid told the court that she had driven to a friend’s house that evening with the intention of having a few drinks and staying over.
However, said Ms Maynereid: “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.”
The woman’s solicitor also stated that the woman had not deliberately refused to give a sample, rather that her asthma and the stress at the evening’s events, as well as being arrested, had left her short of breath and unable to complete the test.
A report from the probation service showed that the woman had a problem with alcohol and that she would be suitable for a drink awareness course.
Magistrates banned her from the roads for 18 months, ordered to pay £135 costs and a victim surcharge of £85.
She was also ordered to complete 14 sessions of a drink impairment programme and 60 hours of unpaid work. Her ban may be reduced by 18 weeks if she completes the drink driving awareness course.
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