Frome woman banned from driving for 12 months
A FROME woman who was caught at the wheel while more than double the drink drive limit claimed her wine glass had been topped up by friends during the evening without her knowledge.
Amy Patricia Walker attracted the attention of police who were patrolling the area after she had clipped a kerb causing her tyre to fall off.
When officers spoke to her she smelt of alcohol and then failed a roadside breath test, Somerset Magistrates were told.
Walker, aged 24, of Sheppards Barton, pleaded guilty to driving a Nissan Micra on the A39 at Beckington with excess alcohol on August 31 when she appeared in the dock before the court at Yeovil.
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Emma Chetland, prosecuting, said that police saw Walker in her car at 1.20am which had stopped on the side of the road with two other vehicles at Beckington.
"When the police stopped they saw that the defendant's nearside front tyre was missing and the wheel was damaged and the nearside skirt was also hanging off," she said.
"She smelt of alcohol and failed a roadside breath test and after being arrested was taken to the police station and took a further test which gave a reading of 77mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.
"The legal limit is 35mcg of alcohol."
Defending solicitor Jeffrey Bannister said that Walker had gone out for the evening with friends and only bought herself two glasses of wine which she did not think would have put her over the limit.
"Unfortunately she later found out that various people in her group bought bottles of wine and some of them had topped up her glasses and she had not realised," he said.
"She felt fine when she went to drive but clipped a kerb and could feel the tyre was going down but attempted to limp the vehicle home.
"However the tyre then came off and she had just stopped as the police pulled up behind her."
The magistrates disqualified Walker from driving for 12 months and fined her £350 with £85 costs and a £35 victim surcharge.