Grantham court: Magistrate taught now disqualified defendant to drive

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A care assistant at a nursing home who drove after drinking two glasses of wine has been disqualified for a year, with her sentence handed out by a magistrate who previously gave her a driving lesson.

Holly Fidgeon, 21, of Campbell Close, Grantham, pleaded guilty to driving with 56 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

At 10.20pm on July 22, police noticed a Citroen C1 being driven without any lights on, which turned into Greenhill Road before parking outside a property on Campbell Close.

Prosecutor Daniel Pietryka told the court how they spoke to the driver, Fidgeon, and she failed a roadside breath test as well as another back at the police station.

Sonia Bhalla, defending, said Fidgeon had no previous convictions and on the night in question was emotional after an argument with her partner.

She admitted that she’d had two glasses of wine and then made the bad decision to drive home.

Miss Bhalla said her client was a full-time care assistant at Grantham nursing home, and had relied on her car to get to work as well as to visit family in Newcastle.

In the middle of the hearing, chair magistrates Ian McDonnell realised that he had once given Fidgeon a driving lesson, but the decision was taken to proceed.

Fidgeon’s 12-month driving ban can be reduced by 13 weeks if she completes a drink driver’s rehabilitation course. She must also pay a £180 fine, £150 government charge, £85 prosecution costs and a £20 victim surcharge.