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A woman has been banned from driving for more than two years after admitting to drink driving at Kirklees Magistrates Court.

The 49-year-old was three-and-a-half times the legal limit when she crashed her car into a wall in Liversedge on June 10.

The NHS worker said she had turned to drink to escape her “volatile” husband who had started taking steroids.

A member of the public reported her driving to police after they saw her swerving from left to right across Huddersfield Road just after 11pm.

The woman then hit a grass verge and collided with a wall, according to Alex Bozman for the prosecution.

After hitting the wall, she then reversed and continued her journey before finally exiting the vehicle and climbing over a wall.

Police finally caught up with the woman and arrested after she failed a roadside breath test.

Mr Bozman said: “When she was arrested a wine bottle with half a glass of wine still left over was found in the vehicle when it was searched.”

After being taken to Dewsbury Police Station, the intoxilyzer machine showed that she had 121mcg alcohol per 100ml breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

The defendant, who is a driver for the NHS, told the court that she had been drinking since 4pm and had little memory of the incident.

Mitigating, Aubrey Sampson explained that his client had never been in trouble with the police or the courts previously, saying “Her relationship with her husband has recently not been very good.”

“He started taking steroids and that led to a change in mood which led to quite a volatile relationship.”

“She found she was drinking far too much and she knew she had a problem.

“On the day in question, an argument started between them. She took her vehicle and drove, and the rest is history.

“Since the offence they have both realised they have problems in their lives. He has stopped taking steroids and she has not had a drink since.”

Chairwoman Kathryn Beney told her: “This was a very, very high reading and you could have gone to custody.

“You were involved in an accident which could have been much more serious than hitting a wall. I think you’ve realised the seriousness of this offence.”

After pleading guilty to drink driving, Magistrates banned the woman from driving for 29 months. She was also handed a 12-month community order including a 10-day rehabilitation requirement, six months of alcohol treatment, and 40 hours of unpaid work.

She must also pay £85 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.

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