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A woman who threatened to kick a police officer in the groin after he arrested her for drink driving for the second time in 48 hours has been sentenced to serve 18 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months.

Police spotted the woman slumped over the steering wheel of her car, which was half-way on the kerb, just after midnight on Sunday, 13 May in Hinckley.

Leicester Magistrates Court heard that as the officers sought out a safe place to park in order to check on her she drove off, only to be pulled over and arrested a few moments later.

The officers asked if she had consumed any alcohol to which she replied “Yes. A load.”

Following a breathalyser test, she was found to be almost three times the legal drink driving limit, with 96mcg alcohol per 100ml breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

The woman, who didn’t have a driving license, was taken to the police station and charged, including an interim driving ban, however within 48 hours she was arrested again for drink driving.

In the early hours of Tuesday, May 15, the woman was refused service in a pub with a friend due to their drunken behaviour. Having then purchased alcohol from a nearby petrol station she set off, but was distracted by a call on her mobile phone.

She crashed into the roundabout at the Triumph factory junction and knocked over a road sign.

Safina Desai, prosecuting, told magistrates: “The police were called and discovered the vehicle.

“During her arrest, she was non-compliant and made threats towards the police officers and told one police officer, ‘I’ll kick you in the nuts’.”

Subsequent tests found the woman to have 99mcg alcohol per 100ml breath.

In mitigation, Chris Black said: “It seems her mum was diagnosed with cancer in April and she was overwhelmed by the whole situation.

“She was very drunk. She should never have been behind the wheel and she wishes to extend her apologies to the police officers for her actions.”

The woman pleaded guilty to two counts of drink driving, two counts of driving without a license, and one count of using threatening behaviour.

Magistrates sentenced her to 18 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months and ordered her to undertake 120 hours unpaid work with a 10-day rehabilitation requirement. She was also ordered to pay £85 costs, a £115 victim surcharge, and banned from driving for three years.

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Drink Driver Banned After Crashing And Leaving Friend Trapped

A woman has been banned from driving for 14 months after crashing her car while drink driving and leaving her friend trapped in the wreckage.

The 41-year-old from Bigrigg appeared in front of magistrates in Workington, where the Rachel Parker for the prosecution described the events of May 13.

“She came round a corner and lost control of her car and hit a telegraph pole on Springfield Road,” said Miss Parker, adding that the driver caused damage to the pole and a wall, and then left her friend in the front passenger seat and proceeded to walk home.

After being arrested, she told police that she had been drinking prosecco. The woman was found to have 41mcg alcohol per 100ml breath where the legal limit is 35mcg.

The driver pleaded guilty to drink driving and failing to stop after an accident.

She was fined £125 for drink driving, £100 for failing to stop after a road accident, and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

The Judge said: “I give you full credit for pleading guilty at the earliest opportunity, you are of previous good character and it really saddens me to see you before the court.”

“If you drive whilst disqualified you’ll be sent to prison and I’m sure you’ve got far more sense than that. I don’t want to see you in this court again.”

The woman was also banned from driving for 14 months, which may be reduced by 14 weeks if she completes the drink drivers rehabilitation course.

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Drink Driver Who Lost Wheel In Police Pursuit Jailed

A motorist has been jailed for 12 months after fleeing police, driving through red lights, and crashing into two cars while drink driving.

Police spotted the 39-year-old man’s Volkswagen Passat with a damaged back bumper.

Peter Grice, prosecuting, told the court: “They stopped the vehicle in Keelings Road, Birches Head, and spoke to the driver about the damage to his car. But before the officer finished talking to him he began to drive away.

“Officers made another attempt to stop him but he drove through a red light at the junction with Waterloo Road and the A53.

“As he drove along Waterloo Road, Cobridge, he drove on the wrong side of a keep-left bollard.

“While overtaking traffic he collided with an Audi causing £2,500 damage.

“He continued towards Burslem driving at 60mph in a 30mph stretch of road. At the junction with Pitt Street East, he slowed to 20mph and went through a second red light.

“He accelerated to 70mph on Scotia Road and overtook vehicles before clipping a Honda and causing £2,000 damage.

“Police noticed sparks coming from the defendant’s vehicle as he turned into High Street, Tunstall. He failed to give way at a roundabout and caused another vehicle to perform an emergency stop to avoid a collision.

“On the approach to a roundabout at Reginald Mitchell Way he struck a kerb and the wheel broke away from the car and caused it to stop. The defendant was detained and arrested.

“He appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and he failed a roadside breath test.”

While the incident took place on February 14, the defendant was diagnosed with mental health issues and was not interviewed until April 25, where he admitted he had been drinking and been trying to get away from the arresting officers.

Mitigating, Andrew Bennett told the court that the man had not consumed alcohol since the incident.

Recorder Adrian Jack remained unmoved by the defendant’s issues, however, telling him: “You committed a serious offence of dangerous driving over an extended period of time when there were still pedestrians and other motorists on the street.

“At the time you were on medication and also under the influence of alcohol. These mental health problems did not seem to have contributed to your behaviour on the night.”

After pleading to drink driving and dangerous driving, Mr Jack sentenced the man to 12 months in prison.

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Drug Driver Caught Speeding At Three Times Legal Limit

A 23-year-old man has been sentenced for drug driving at Kirklees Magistrates court after originally being pulled over for speeding.

Vanessa Jones, prosecuting, told the court that the man first came to the police’s attention when he was seen to not be observing the speed limit on Bradford Road, Birkenshaw, on March 19.

On speaking to the driver, the officers noticed the smell of cannabis in the car. They seized a small quantity of the drug from his vehicle and administered a roadside drugs test, which he failed.

Later tests revealed the defendant to have 7mcg D-9-THC per 100ml blood, where the legal limit is 2mcg.

The man, who had ambitions of becoming a sales rep, pleaded guilty to driving in excess of the legal limit, admitting he had smoked a joint around 40 minutes prior to his arrest.

He had significantly increased his use of the drug since the breakdown of his relationship in December.

Magistrates banned him from driving for 12 months and fined him £290, as well as ordering him to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

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About Freeman & Co.

Freeman & Co. are a specialist firm of road traffic and criminal defence solicitors based in Manchester but with nationwide coverage.

Freeman & Co. specialise in a wide variety of road traffic cases, ranging from drink driving, speeding and mobile phone offences, to name but a few.

The firm was created by Nick Freeman, who has been dubbed “Mr Loophole” by the press for his technical legal ability and robustly challenging the prosecution.

Nick is well regarded as an expert road traffic lawyer and has successfully represented many high profile clients for a variety of motoring offences as well as criminal offences.

The firm of Freeman & Co. embodies the way Nick works, with minute attention to detail and challenging the prosecution at every turn.

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