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23-year-old Hannah Mulliner has been banned from driving for 22 months after drink-driving after a Freshers night out.

The student at Keele University lost control of her VW Golf and crashed into a post at a pedestrian crossing.

Before the police arrived a witness to the crash ran to help her from her vehicle and suspected she had been drinking. Tests showed Mulliner to have 95mcg per 100ml breath – more than twice the legal limit of 35mcg.

Prosecuting, Ian Shaw said that the witness had been walking along Keele Hall Road, Keele in the early hours of October 5, and saw Mulliner’s vehicle collide with the post.

Mr Shaw said that according to the witness: “It came to rest in the footpath by a car park. He could see smoke and banged on the window. Both airbags deployed. He could see a female in the driver’s seat who did not respond.

“He went round to help her out the car. She did engage in some conversation. He called an ambulance and the police were then alerted. Police officers realised she had been drinking.”

A first-year student at the University, Mulliner had previously run up debts of £38,000 at university in London. While she usually stayed with her boyfriend, on the night in question she had arranged to stay with another friend on campus. Her boyfriend wasn’t happy with this arrangement, so she decided to drive back to him.

Ashley Barnes, mitigating, said that Mulliner may lose her place on the course as a result of her conviction. “She realises that potentially she has put all her education at risk. It is a very real possibility,” he said.

In addition to the 22-month ban, Mulliner has been given a 6-month community order, also involving 40 hours unpaid work, and must pay £85 costs and a £85 surcharge. If she completes a drink-drivers rehabilitation course, they will reduce her ban by 22 weeks.

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