Drink driver banned

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A MOTORIST who defended herself in court told Magistrates she was “ashamed of herself” after being caught drink driving.

Susan Thompson, 58, pleaded guilty to the charge of driving with excess alcohol after she admitted to having a “few glasses of wine” before driving on Thursday, April 7 this year.

Thompson, of Pilling Street, Leigh, was found to have double the legal limit when she was taken to the police station.

The court heard how Thompson was stopped by police at around 10pm. Prosecuting, Jayne Kearsley, said: “Officers saw a Ford Focus narrowly avoid the kerb as it turned into St Helens Road. They put on flashing lights but it was another 300 metres before Mrs Thompson noticed them. After failing to provide a breath test she was arrested.”

Thompson said: “I’m ashamed of myself. I’ve never done it before and I had been to my grandson’s presentation which lasted longer than I had expected.”

Thompson was disqualified from driving for 18 months, reduced to 12 if she voluntarily completes the drink drivers rehabilitation course.

She was fined £180 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim support surcharge.