Hospital worker claims anxiety attack behind drink-driving incident

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A hospital worker ended up with a drink-driving conviction after making an early-hours dash from a friend’s house following an anxiety attack.

Stacey Peel was spotted swerving around a road by police while driving her Mercedes car without its lights on at 1.30am on Thursday, May 7.

Peel, of Foxhomes, Jarrow, was pulled over on the A194 in Gateshead and recorded a reading of 66mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, almost twice the legal limit.

The 24-year-old, a secretary at Gateshead’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, admitted a charge of driving with excess alcohol at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Angela Narey, prosecuting, said: “The car was swerving across the road, and police suspected the driver was under the influence of alcohol.”

Ian Haq, defending, said: “She had gone to a friend’s house and consumed alcohol. Her intention was to stay overnight, but she suffers from anxiety and had an episode.”

Peel was given an 18-month driving ban and fined £209.