Drink-driver caught on trip to Tesco

A Berwick woman was nearly three times over the drink-drive limit when she drove to Tesco, a court heard.

Saturday, 23rd September 2017, 08:41 am
Updated Wednesday, 20th September 2017, 14:44 pm
Berwick Magistrates' Court.

Janice Hodgson, of Ivinson Road in Tweedmouth, pleaded guilty to the offence at Berwick Magistrates’ Court.

Magistrates heard that following an argument with her husband, the defendant decided to drive her Peugeot 107 to Tesco around 10.15pm on August 25 so she could buy a bottle of wine.

The 55-year-old, a senior administrative assistant in children’s services at Northumberland County Council, had already had a bottle of wine, the court heard.

A member of staff at the self-service check-out could smell alcohol on her breath and saw her get into her car and drive off.

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The defendant was visited by police and, when breath tested, gave a positive reading of 104mg alcohol in 100ml breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

Ian O’Rourke, in mitigation, explained that it had been an emotional time for the defendant, who had separated from her husband but was now reconciled.

He added: “She is extremely ashamed to be appearing here. It was a serious error of judgment.”

Magistrates banned her from driving for 25 months, to be cut by 25 weeks on completion of a drink-driver rehabilitation programme.

She was also ordered to do 25 hours’ unpaid work, 25 days’ rehabilitation, had a 12-month community order imposed and told to pay £170 in costs.