A 22-year-old care assistant who has been banned from the roads after drink driving has lost her “dream job” of working with children.
The woman had been out with colleagues, celebrating her last shift as a care assistant, when she decided to drive the 500 yards to her home.
At twice the legal limit, she crashed her Audi into a parked car while half way there.
She was handed a 17-month ban for the same offence in March 2016, Magistrates in Burnley heard.
Prosecuting, Charlotte Crane told the court: “He [the owner of the parked car] went outside and was approached by [the defendant] who initially claimed that she needed assistance because her friends had run off.
“He called the police and they arrived. She then changed her story and accepted driving the Audi and made comments that she had been to a leaving do, had been done for drink driving before and apologised for her behaviour.”
She was breathalysed thereafter, giving a reading of 78mcg alcohol per 100ml breath. The legal drink driving limit is 35mcg.
Daniel Frazer, representing the woman, said she had been “extremely remorseful” since the incident, adding: “What started out to be a happy occasion turned out to be an unmitigated disaster and unfortunately [my client] has nobody but herself to blame.
“She was, that evening, finishing her last shift as a care assistant. She had just got what she described as her dream job caring for young children in the community.
“She was asked by a few friends to go on an impromptu farewell. She went out and had a few drinks and that’s where the story starts to go south for [her].
“She is exceedingly remorseful. She knows she is going to be disqualified and the dream job required a driving licence so that’s now gone.”
Magistrates banned the woman from driving for 40 months and imposed fines and costs to the value of £299. Her ban may be reduced by 40 weeks if she completes a drink driving rehabilitation course.
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