A WOODROW woman has been banned from driving for 20 months and ordered to pay more than £500 after she damaged a car whilst driving with more than twice the legal amount of alcohol in her breath.
Susan Raspin, 68, of Salford Close, pleaded guilty at Redditch Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday (October 6) to driving with 89 microgrammes of alcohol in her breath.
Adrian Jones, prosecuting, told the court a neighbour sitting in her lounge heard a loud bang and went outside to investigate on September 17.
A group of people were stood around the car which had been hit. It was leaking liquid and had further damage to the front bumper.
Magistrates heard Raspin, who admitted she had an issue with alcohol, had been drinking red wine and had got in her car to go and buy more alcohol from a garage.
When interviewed by police after the incident she made a full confession.
Mr Jones said: “Mrs Raspin said there was something that obstructed her in the road but she does not remember what it was.”
Defence solicitor, Julia Powell, said: “She is thoroughly ashamed of what she has done – she holds a full clean driving licence and has never appeared in court before.”
In mitigation the court heard that Raspin had a number of medical issues and had been particularly suffering on the day in question.
“She really wanted the pain to go away but she accepts it was a bad judgement,” said Ms Powell.
The court heard that Raspin herself had contacted Swanswell Alcohol, Drug and Support Services for help, where she will attend weekly meetings, and is receiving support from friends and at her church.
Raspin was fined £260 and ordered her to pay £85 prosecution costs, a £26 victim surcharge and a £150 court charge.