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Darlington woman drank two bottles of wine before driving, court told
3:05pm Wednesday 7th May 2014 in News
A WOMAN who downed two bottles of wine crashed into a bollard after ignoring her daughter’s pleas not to drive, a court heard.
Karen Wood, 48, was four times over the drink drive limit as she drove her Vauxhall Insignia along Salter’s Lane South, Darlington, on April 19.
Her teenage daughter had already got out of the car after Wood, of Oakwood Drive, Darlington, almost hit other vehicles, said Jon Garside, prosecuting.
He told magistrates at Newton Aycliffe that Wood’s car was seen at 5.40pm before she hit the bollard and skidded 15 metres before the car spun round in the road. She had to be helped from the car out by the emergency services.
Wood admitted drink driving after providing a reading of 150mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The limit is 35mg.
Stephen Andrews, mitigating, said she fully accepted what she had done.
District judge Martin Walker heard Wood was stressed at work and had suffered family problems and did not normally drink and drive.
Wood was banned from driving for two years and was given an eight week jail sentence suspended for a year.
She will also pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.
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