Police were called after a member of the public saw a woman in the driving seat of a car apparently unconscious.

Blackburn Magistrates' Court heard when police arrived it took three officers to remove Cheryl Patfield from the vehicle.

When she was breathalysed she failed to to give a full sample, but one partial sample gave a reading of 183 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath, more than five times the legal limit of 35mcg.

Patfield, 47, of West Bradford Road, Clitheroe, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen for analysis.

She was remanded on bail for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

Jackie Partington, prosecuting, said the witness saw Patfield unconscious in the car and approached out of concern.

“She could smell alcohol and on instruction from the police switched off the engine and removed the keys,” said Miss Partington.

“At the police station she failed to provide an adequate sample but a partial reading was 183mcg against the legal limit of 35mcg.

"There was clearly a very high level of impairment.”