Drink driver banned from the roads after police spot her swerving at roundabout (From Andover Advertiser)
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Drink driver banned from the roads after police spot her swerving at roundabout
6:30pm Friday 10th May 2013 in Basingstoke
A DRINK-driver was caught by the police after a car was seen to swerve on a Basingstoke roundabout.
Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court heard Carolyn Bennett had been drinking at the Bowlplex at Basingstoke Leisure Park, in Worting Road, in the early hours of Friday, April 12 this year.
Serena Edwards, prosecuting, said: “The defendant’s vehicle was seen leaving Basingstoke Leisure Park, going on to the Worting Road roundabout, and was seen swerving on the carriageway.”
Officers stopped the car and noticed the Vauxhall Zafira’s MoT certificate had expired.
Bennett was arrested after failing a breath test, and was taken to the police station, where another test found she had 71 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. The limit is 35 mcgs.
Nicholas Bates, defending, said Bennett had not planned to drive home that evening, but had been a victim in a violent incident at the Bowlplex.
He said she had tried to sleep in her car, but police officers had knocked on her car window and told her that she could not. She was then arrested when she tried to drive home.
Bennett, of Jefferson Road, Oakridge, Basingstoke, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol, and driving a car without insurance and a valid MoT.
District Judge Philip Gillibrand disqualified Bennett from driving for 15 months, and fined her £220 and ordered her to pay a £20 victim surcharge.