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Mum crashed into lamp-post while double the drink-drive limit

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A woman who crashed her car into a lamp-post in South Tyneside while more than double the drink-drive limit has been banned from the roads.

Kelly Conley was making a late-night visit to a friend’s house when the accident happened on the A19 in Jarrow.

She has described the last 12 months as her year from hell

She was spotted by police near her car at the scene and arrested after failing a roadside breath test.

The 30-year-old admitted driving with excess alcohol when she appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Janice Bellamy, prosecuting, said; “At 11.40pm police were called to the A19 in Jarrow.

“A Ford Focus had crashed into a lamp-post. The defendant had got out of her car and was 100 metres away when she was spoken to by a police officer.

“She failed a roadside breath test and was arrested.”

“Conley recorded a reading of 74mcg of alcohol in breath – more than two times over the legal limit of 35mcg.”

Stephen Moore, defending, said: “She has no previous convictions.

“She has described the last 12 months as her year from hell.

“Her marriage has broken down, she lost her job as a social worker and is left to look after her three children.

“Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong, culminating in this offence.

“A friend had been at her house and they had been drinking.

“Her friend left and she began to wallow and feel very sad.

“She decided to go to another friend’s house and then had the crash.

“She is hoping to get through this mess and should be given credit for her guilty plea.”

Conley, of Hadrian Wynd, Wallsend, was handed a 20 -month driving ban and fined £110.

She must also pay a criminal courts charge of £150, prosecution costs of £85 and a £20 victim surcharge.