Driver downed two bottlesof wine and one of vodka

Date: Friday 12th October 2018

A WOMAN was caught drink-driving after downing two bottles of wine and a bottle of vodka, a court heard.

Julie Wilson (56), Kelmount, Lazonby, was found beside her Nissan Micra vehicle in Salkeld Road, Lazonby, after driving from Hill’s Garage in Penrith.

She pleaded guilty to committing the offence on Thursday, 18th September, when she appeared at Carlisle Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Mrs Pam Ward, prosecuting, said staff at the garage had alerted police after Wilson bought the alcohol from the garage and then drove off, despite already smelling of drink.

Police found her vehicle on the outskirts of Lazonby and tests found she had 93mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, when the legal limit is 35mcg.

In interview, Wilson said she bought the wine and spirits with the intention of drinking them at home but drank them before leaving Penrith.

Mr Tariq Khawam, defending, said Wilson has been struggling with anxiety and depression and is signed off work. She is employed by a well-known retail company. On the day of the offence she had received a message from her employers about her return to her job and had worked herself “into a frenzy”.

Mr Khawam added that for a number of years Wilson had issues with the menopause and for a time was taken off hormone replacement treatment, which caused a sudden change in her behaviour.

She was also the victim of crime and is protected by a restraining order. She had no previous convictions, had been co-operative with police and was extremely ashamed and apologetic for her actions.

Magistrates disqualified Wilson from driving for 23 months, fined her £250 and ordered her to pay a £30 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.