Drunk driver pleads guilty



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A 53-year-old woman has been given a suspended prison sentence and four-year motoring ban after she was caught driving while almost five times over the drink-drive limit.

Janet Walker, from Bridlington, was stopped by police officers on the A64 near Barton-Le-Willows on June 12.

A drink-drive test at a local police station revealed she had 162mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, the legal limit being 35mcg.

Walker, of Thornton Road, pleaded guilty to drink driving at York Magistrates last

The court was told that officers had followed Walker’s blue Rover 25 along the A64 where she was driving slowly, repeatedly breaking and moving the vehicle from side to side.

District judge Adrian Lower gave Walker a 17-week prison sentence but decided to suspend this by two years so she could address her drink problem. He said he had also taken into account the fact that she had caring responsibilities towards her elderly father.

Walker, who has been banned from driving for four years, was also ordered to undergo supervision by the Probation Service during the two-year period. Mr Lower also ordered that she complete 240 hours of unpaid work over the two years.

“This will be your way of paying back the community for the terribly anti-social way you have behaved,” said Mr Lower.

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