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Lincolnshire drink driver flashed police car

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: December 10, 2013

Drink-driver's early morning visit 'to see her mum'
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A WOMAN driver who had drunk two bottles of wine flashed her lights at a police car and was stopped and arrested.

Skegness Magistrates Court were told that Sarah Jane Smith, of Mumby Road in Huttoft near Alford, was nearly three times' the legal drink-driving limit.

Smith, 45, admitted driving with excess alcohol on November 9 and was given a two-year ban.

The court was told that a police officer driving along the A52 saw a silver Rover coming towards him in the opposite direction in the early hours of the morning.

Because the driver flashed headlights at the police car, he followed and then stopped the Rover.

Smith told the officer she had drunk two bottles of wine, so he administered a positive breath test and arrested her.

She gave a reading of 100 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Mitigating, Asad Aziz said it had been poor judgement on Smith's part.

Smith had an argument with her partner and at 3.40am had decided to drive and see her mother, whose brother had recently died.

Mr Aziz said it was a 'one-off' event and Smith had attracted the attention of the police.

He told the court Smith had to resign her job as a care worker as she had to drive and knew she would be disqualified.

Magistrates banned Smith from driving for 25 months – but offered her the drink-drivers' rehabilitation course which would reduce the period of disqualification by six months.

She was also fined £110 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

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