Birthday row ends in court

Crime story
Crime story

A WIGAN woman has been banned from driving after a birthday celebration ended in disaster.

Lynn Marie Knowles was breathalysed after police were called following a collision between her Peugeot 307 and two parked cars in Up Holland in the early hours.

The human resources consultant, who has no previous convictions, was found to be approaching three times the drink drive limit, Wigan and Leigh Magistrates were told this week.

Knowles, 47, of Ormskirk Road in Up Holland, admitted driving with excess alcohol and was disqualified from driving for two years while being ordered to pay a total of £547 in fine and costs.

Prosecutor Katie Beattie said that neighbours heard the collision and called police. Knowles was breathalysed and after a positive reading, arrested and taken to Wigan police station where a blood sample would later reveal that she had 98 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millitres of blood.

Melissa Fagan, defending, said that Knowles had been celebrating her birthday with friends locally.

She had returned home but, after having a row with her partner, had made the “very foolish” decision to then get into her car and drive off from her home.

Although the vehicle had collided with two parked vehicles, members of the public weren’t injured, she added.

A woman with a previously blemish-free criminal record, she had co-operated fully with police and had had no convictions on her driving license for the past five years.

She had already given her lawyer an assurance that she was willing to take part drink-driving rehab scheme. The chairman of the bench told Knowles: “This action could have been disastrous.”