A WOMAN driver who claimed she had crashed after being forced over by an oncoming car was found to be nearly three times the legal drink drive limit.

Blackburn magistrates heard Lisa Jane Boyle admitted drinking wine but was "extremely surprised" by the level of alcohol in her system.

Boyle, 48, of Bluebell Way, Huncoat, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol. She was made subject to a curfew for eight weeks between 9pm and 6am, banned from driving for 24 months and ordered to pay £85 costs and £85 victim surcharge.

Alex Mann, prosecuting, said the incident occurred at 7pm in Dill Hall Lane, Accrington. Residents heard a noise and came out to see debris in the road and the defendant sat in her car.

"A female who went to check the defendant was alright could smell alcohol and called the police," said Mrs Mann. She said Boyle, who had no previous convictions, gave a reading of 102 against the legal limit of 35.

Jonathan Taylor, defending, said his client was deeply ashamed and extremely apologetic.

"She had drunk some wine over a period of time and was extremely surprised the reading was so high," said Mr Taylor.

"She says another vehicle was approaching on her side of the road and she had a collision through no fault of her own."