Drink-driver banned after festive tipple at friend’s house

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A WOMAN who was involved in a road accident while more than twice the drink-drive limit has been given a motoring ban.

Rebecca Hall hit a kerb while travelling on a roundabout in the early hours of Christmas Eve after enjoying drinks at a friend’s house.

When police were called to the scene, on Mowbray Road, South Shields, she told them: “I’ve never done anything like this before. I’m sorry.”

The 27-year-old, of Orchid Gardens, South Shields, admitted a charge of driving with excess alcohol when she appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court. She was given a two-year driving ban and ordered to pay a fine of £400.

Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “At 1.25am on Christmas Eve, police received a report of a road traffic collision on a roundabout on Mowbray Road, South Shields.

“When officers arrived they saw a Renault Clio stationary in the middle of the Sunderland-bound carriageway. There was damage to the front near-side wheel of the vehicle.

“Miss Hall was the driver of the vehicle and showed signs of having been drinking. She was given a roadside breath test, which was positive.

“She was cautioned and arrested and taken to the police station.

“She explained she had been drinking at a friend’s house, but then drove.

“She said she had never done anything like this before and said ‘I’m sorry’.

“She had hit the kerb, there were no other cars involved and she is insured and has a licence.” Hall recorded a test reading of 93mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath – more than two-and-a-half times the legal limit of 35mcg.

Christopher Brown, defending, said: “An immediate guilty plea has been entered. She was of hitherto of exemplary character and is deeply ashamed and embarrassed by her court appearance.

“She had been to a friend’s house and had consumed alcohol. She misjudged the situation and drove the car. She clipped the kerb and as a result, the police were called.

“The angst she has been through in the Christmas and New Year period has been unbearable for her.”

Hall was offered the chance to take part in a drink-driving rehabilitation course, which would reduce the ban by six months if completed.

She was also ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a £40 victim surcharge – making for a total court bill of £525.

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