A DRINK-driver who crashed after an afternoon drinking wine in her daughter’s garden told a court she could not remember getting into her car.
Joyce Cooper was three times over the limit when her Vauxhall Corsa smashed into another vehicle in Norham Avenue South, Horsley Hill, South Shields.
The owner of the damaged car heard a bang outside her house, and looked out to see Cooper revving her engine in an effort to get her car free.
When Cooper, 44, got out of her car and spoke to the woman, she was unsteady on her feet and smelled of alcohol.
Police turned up and arrested Cooper, who lives in nearby Widdrington Avenue, and a breath test revealed she had 109mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, the legal limit being 35mg.
The court heard she was crying and told the officers she was very sorry.
Cooper pleaded guilty to drink-driving at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court last month, but the case was adjourned for the probation service to prepare a report about her.
Yesterday, District Judge Andrew Davison gave her a 12-month community order with supervision and placed her on a drink-impaired drivers programme.
She was also banned from driving for two years and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.
Judge Davison said: “I’ll deal with this as a one-off as you’ve had no previous convictions.”
Paul Anderson, prosecuting, told the court the crash happened at 8pm on July 8.
He said: “The witness heard a bang outside her home.
“When she went to see where it came from, she saw the defendant in her vehicle, which had crashed into her wall.
“She called the police, who arrested Cooper.
“In her interview with police, she said she had been to her daughter’s house since 4pm, drinking wine in the back garden.
“She said she couldn’t remember leaving the address or getting in the car. All she could remember was crashing her vehicle.”