A 44-YEAR-old woman from Stratford has been disqualified from driving for two years and ordered to pay a hefty fine after pleading guilty to drink driving.
She was arrested at around 2.30am on Sunday December 11 in Station Road, Long Marston when a member of the public called the police to report that the defendant who was driving an Audi A4 had crashed into her car. She was located by officers and blew 97 by the roadside when the legal limit is 35 Micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath.
The woman spent 10 hours in police custody to allow her to sober up and be questioned before being charged with drink driving and released on police bail to appear at Leamington Magistrates Court on Friday (February 3).
She was ordered to pay a total of £6,000 – consisting of a £4,200 fine, £1,680 Victim Surcharge towards supporting victim services and £135 costs. Her driving ban could be reduced by 24 weeks if she completes the specified driving course by June next year.
PC Hayes said: “This is a significant sentence and fine that reflects the dangers around drink driving and how seriously the courts will deal with offenders.
“There’s a simple message – please do not drink and drive. If you are going out and would like to drink, there’s no excuse, you need to plan ahead and book a taxi or go somewhere easy to get home from.”