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Stockport Magistrates have heard now a nurse who liked to “smash it” on her days off was caught drink driving at over four times the legal limit.

Ashley Drabble, 31, was stopped by police in Macclesfield the day after a night out, and she had gone on to have two large glasses of wine with her new boyfriend at lunch.

She told officers she didn’t think she was that drunk, however, a breathalyser test showed her to have 145mcg alcohol per 100ml breath – more than four-times the legal limit of 35mcg.

Speaking for Drabble, Robert Stewart said it was “one of the highest readings I have ever seen, it is almost off the scale.”

A report from the probation service said: “She had been in a previous long-term relationship which ended last year. She believes the drinking began around this time.

“She works unusual hours with her job as a nurse and on her days off she’ll think ‘Oh, I can have a drink’.

“She knows and accepts she has alcohol issues following the break-up of her relationship. She has been going to AA meetings voluntarily. She has been diagnosed with depression and anxiety.

“She has completely abstained from alcohol since these offences.”

Mr Stewart went on to add: “She is doing well in her career and has worked incredibly hard. Nobody was injured and there was no collision.

“She has a bright future ahead of her, she is only 31 and she wants to improve things for herself.

Drabble, from Tytherington, Macclesfield, and who works on the dementia ward at Macclesfield General Hospital pleaded guilty to drink driving. Magistrates sentenced her to eight weeks in prison, suspended for a year, with clemency shown due to her attendance at AA meetings. She must also attend the drink drivers rehabilitation programme, complete 50 hours of unpaid work, and pay £200 costs.

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Drink Driver Jailed After Dangerous Chase Doubling Speed Limit

A 25-year-old man has been jailed for 6 months at Worcester Crown Court after drink driving and leading police on a 10-minute pursuit.

The court was shown footage from one of the police officers’ body-cams, where the pursuit started in Cradley, west of Malvern. Lee Jones was shown driving in the direction of Ledbury and Bosbury, reaching speeds of 60mph in a 30mph zone.

Throughout the footage the officer’s commentary can be heard, asking if colleagues have units ready at a set location, if tactical units are available for a specific manoeuvre, and if another colleague has a stinger.

A stinger was deployed, unsuccessfully, once Jones had sped through Bosbury and was heading towards Ledbury. Jones entered a closed road and drove through floodwater where he was finally apprehended.

One of the officers can be seen smashing Jones’ windows saying “Get out of the car! You’re nicked! Dangerous driving and failing to stop. Hands behind your back.”

Prosecuting, Christopher Lester said the night-time pursuit lasted around 10 minutes, and no other vehicles were involved or on the roads in the area at the time. Once breathalysed, Jones returned a reading of 50mcg alcohol per 100ml breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

“The blue lights are flashing,” said Mr Lester. “It’s perfectly clear he should have stopped.”

Jones was already bound under an 18-month suspended sentence of nine months for the aggravated taking of a vehicle without consent from November 2016.

Defending Jones, Jason Patel asked the judge to also suspend the sentence for these charges, stating that an immediate custodial sentence would have a significant harmful impact upon others. He described his client as ‘quiet’ and a ‘very sombre and introverted character’.

Mr Patel went on to explain: “On this particular day he had been out with a friend and had consumed some alcohol.”

He added that Jones had been dropped off at the mechanic’s yard belonging to his father where he had planned to sleep in the car before instead choosing to drive home.

“I don’t seek to minimise what we saw,” said Mr Patel. “When seen by the police he had panicked.”

Judge Anthony Lowe told Jones: “Dangerous driving so often leads to death by dangerous driving.”

He added: “What underpins all of this offending is anger. You seem to have a high degree of anger in you.

“Having served a sentence of custody one might have thought you had learned your lesson.

“This is the second time you have been involved in bad driving. Though this was not the most serious of dangerous driving, part of that was because there were no other vehicles coming in the opposite direction. That is pure chance.”

After admitting dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, and drink driving, Judge Lowe sentenced Jones to six months in prison and banned him from driving for two years. He must also take an extended driving test before being allowed back on the roads.

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Drug Driver High On Cannabis, Cocaine, And Valium With Kids In Car Gets Suspended Sentence

Swansea Crown Court has heard how a drug driving mother in her 30s was seen “spaced out” in a pharmacy and shouting “loudly and slowly” at her children before getting in her car.

She was apprehended after concerned staff at a pharmacy rang police to report her actions.

She stumbled into a display unit at the shop, then closed the door on one of her children before driving off, at which point staff contacted police.

The woman, who cannot be named to protect the identity of her children, drove to a nearby convenience store where she was stopped by two PCSOs who were answering the call.

The officers cautioned her, and she admitted that she had smoked cannabis that afternoon with a friend “before I picked the kids up”.

A roadside drugs test additionally proved positive for cocaine.

Police searched her car, finding four small bags of cannabis and 25 valium tablets. She told officers the drugs were “for the weekend”.

During her police interview, she said that she had “three puffs” of cannabis with her friend that afternoon, and the traces of cocaine must have been from when she had smoked crack a few days previously.

Full analysis showed her to have 315mcg Benzoylecgonine (the metabolite of cocaine) per litre of blood. The legal limit for driving is 50. She was also found to have 800mcg diazepam (Valium) per litre of blood and 2.6mcg THC (the active ingredient in cannabis) per litre of blood where the legal drug driving limits are 550mcg and 2mcg respectively.

The woman has 12 previous convictions for 20 offences, the court heard, including one for inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent.

Speaking for the defendant, Dean Pulling said she was profoundly ashamed and remorseful about what had happened and the “disruptive and destructive” impact of her actions on her family.

He went on to explain that she had endured a “fractured and difficult upbringing at home and at school” which led her to abusive relationships and drug addiction.

Mr Pulling stated that his client was “not without ability” and had qualified as a hairdresser while in prison for her assault charge in 2013, however following an assault by a former partner last year she had slipped back into a pattern of drug use.

She realised she had to control the drugs and not let them control her, otherwise her addiction would “exact a high price”, he added.

Addressing the woman, Judge Paul Thomas said it must have been a terrifying and bewildering experience for the children to be with their mother while she was in that state.

“You put your drug taking, you put your personal convenience, above the safety of your two young children,” he said.

“You should never have been anywhere near the wheel of a car, never mind with children in the back.

“It was not just irresponsible, but downright dangerous – they were in a moving vehicle with a heavily stoned mother, clearly unable to control it. They must have been terrified and bewildered.”

A spokesman from NSPCC Wales expressed the importance of parents who have issues with drugs and alcohol getting the help they need for the sake of the children who depend on them.

“This mother put her children at serious risk of harm by taking drugs and getting behind the wheel of a car,” said the spokesman.

“Every child should be able to grow up in a home feeling safe and supported, but excessive use of alcohol or drugs affects parents’ ability to provide this environment for their children.

“Last year the NSPCC received more than 500 calls or emails from members of the public in Wales who were concerned about the well-being of children whose parent was drinking to excess or taking drugs.

“It is vitally important for the wellbeing of the whole family that adults who are misusing any substance seek help in order to give their children the best start in life.”

The woman’s children no longer live with the woman after intervention from social services.

For the three drug driving charges the woman was sentenced to six weeks in prison, while for the child neglect charges she was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, all to run concurrently. All sentences were suspended for 12 months. She was also banned from driving for two years.

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Rugby League Player Banned For Drug Driving And Failing To Stop

Barrow Raiders’ Glenn Riley has been banned from the roads for three years after being caught drug driving and failing to stop after a collision. He was also found in possession of a Class C drug.

Prosecuting, Diane Jackson told Workington Magistrates that on January 13 police received a complaint that an erratically driven Ford Fiesta had collided with a vehicle but failed to stop.

She said: “It hit another vehicle on its journey and made no effort to pull in and exchange details.

“Police found the vehicle, then spoke to Glenn Riley and it was clear immediately that he was under the influence of something.”

Following blood tests, it was revealed that Riley had 315mcg Benzoylecgonine – the metabolite of cocaine – per litre of blood. The legal limit is 50mcg. He was also found to have 800mcg diazepam per litre of blood where the legal limit is 550mcg.

During his interview with police, Riley stated that he had been at a social event with the rest of his rugby team in Barrow, been in training in the morning, and taken two of the prescription-only painkillers diazepam for a shoulder injury. He believed he was fit to drive and did not think he was over the limit.

As for the collision, Riley admitted he had no intention of reporting it as it was such a minor collision with only a wing-mirror damaged as the cars passed on a narrow road.

Defending Riley, Ian Nancollis said his client did not recognise the description of his driving, adding “It was his belief that the other vehicle didn’t stop at the scene either.”

Riley couldn’t identify the make or model of the car he hit, said Mr Nancollis, although that didn’t excuse him from stopping or reporting the incident. He said that losing his license would make like very difficult for his client.

After pleading guilty to drug driving and failing to stop after a collision, magistrates sentenced Riley, who last season played for Whitehaven RLFC, to 100 hours of unpaid work and banned him from driving for three years. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.

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