A 23-YEAR-OLD woman caught drink-driving for a second time said her own breathalyser indicated she was fit to drive.

Toni Paterson was seen driving a Vauxhall Corsa in the dark with no lights on along Cockton Hill Road, in Bishop Auckland, on February 24.

Paterson, of Lusby Crescent, was followed by a police officer and agreed to a roadside breath test where she produced a reading of 50 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath with the legal limit being 30 microgrammes.

Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court heard on Thursday that the unemployed step-mother was convicted of drink-driving six years ago and she pleaded guilty to drink-driving and driving without insurance.

Paterson, who represented herself in court, said: “I am sorry. It’s just been a moment of madness and my life is in chaos at the moment.

“I had a breathalyser in my car and I blew into that and it said I was fine so that’s why I drove.

“I wouldn’t have got into the car and driven if I hadn’t have thought that.”

Paterson a was disqualified from driving for three years and four months and ordered to pay a fine of £80.

There was no separate penalty for driving without insurance.

She must also pay £85 in court costs and a £30 victim surcharge.