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Rossendale drink-driver caught when police went to help
10:30pm Friday 21st September 2012 in News
A DRINK-driver was caught when police went to her aid and found she was over the limit, a court heard.
Ruth Jones gave a test which showed she was more than twice the limit.
The defendant has now been banned for 18 months after the incident, in Bacup, on September 1.
Jones, 45, of Burnley Road East, Waterfoot, admitted driving with excess alcohol, and no insurance.
She was fined £185, with £85 costs, and a £15 victim surcharge.
The court was told police went to the defendant’s car to see if they could help her, as she was parked up in Newchurch Road, with the hazard lights on at 10.30pm.
They realised she had been drinking, and she gave a sample which showed 75 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.
She has one previous conviction, for assault.
Jeremy Frain, for Jones, said she had not had much to eat, had two glasses of wine, alcohol in her sweet, and a liqueur coffee.
She had not intended to drive, but her daughter had rung her, in some agitation, and she had set off to her daughter’s home.
Jones told the court she was not in the habit of drink -driving and had now got rid of the car. She said she was opening a shop offering sewing alterations, and curtain making, and hoped to do very well.