Flat tyre leads police to discover South Tyneside woman’s drink-driving
A South Tyneside woman’s night out with pals turned flat when a puncture on her way home after boozing led her to be breathalysed, a court heard.
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Rianon Meah, 30, had planned to sleep at a friend’s but got behind the wheel after an incident while drinking in Newcastle caused her mental distress.
A blood sample taken after her arrest proved the administration assistant was almost twice the legal limit.
She is starting an 18-month roads’ ban after pleading guilty to a charge of driving with excess alcohol.
Prosecutor Paul Anderson told borough magistrates: “This young woman came to the attention of the police because she had suffered a puncture, a flat tyre.
“They pulled her over to a safe place. There was mouth alcohol and so they moved to blood. She was just under twice the limit.
“She is of previous good character. It’s a disqualification of between 17 and 22 months, it’s as simple as that.”
Meah gave a reading of 156mcg of alcohol in blood. The legal limit is 80mcg.
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David Forrester, defending, said: “It’s an unfortunate set of circumstances. She had been on a night out in Newcastle.
“She had left her car at a friend’s house and had got the Metro back from town.
“She was going to stay at her friend’s but a couple of incidents on the night impacted her mental state.
“You’ve heard there was a puncture. A disqualification is going to be an inconvenience for her. She works at Monkton in Jarrow, so it’s going to be the Metro or bus.”
Magistrates also fined Meah £400 and she must pay a £160 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.