A DRINK-driver who was stopped by police after they spotted her driving erratically had just got her licence back, a court heard.

Caroline Louise Budworth had just completed a driving ban only one month before she was again found behind the wheel whilst over the legal limit.

Officers pulled the 33-year-old over after they noticed the Audi a1 she was driving swerve in the road, crossing the centre lines.

John Garside, prosecuting at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court on Thursday (January 7), said: "A road side breath test was completed and the defendant failed.

"She was taken to the police station where the lowest reading was 72mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, the legal limit is 35mg."

Budworth, of Orchard Close, Blackhall Colliery, pleaded guilty to driving whilst over the legal drink-drive limit on November 28, last year.

Dave Smith, mitigating, said his client had consumed three bottles of wine the evening before the incident.

Adding: "This was mid-afternoon, she had been to sleep and when she woke up she felt perfectly fine to drive.

"She did swerve in the road just prior to the stop, she explained to me that she had dropped something in the passenger side of the car and leaned over to get it and that was when she crossed the centre lines."

The case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report and Budworth will appear back at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court for sentence on January 28.