Grantham court: Crash driver found to be three times over alcohol limit

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A Little Bytham woman who drove while more than three times over the alcohol limit has been told she is lucky to escape a prison sentence.

Kerry Winspear, 42, of High Street, Little Bytham, pleaded guilty at Grantham Magistrates Court to drink driving on November 28.

Prosecuting, Marie Stace said that at 8pm Winspear crashed her Toyota MR2 into a hedge in Station Road, Little Bytham, after failing to negotiate a bend. A police officer attended the scene and smelled alcohol on her. She admitted she had been drinking and failed a breath test. The test measured 123 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The alcohol limit is 35 microgrammes.

Defending, Mike Pryor told the court that Winspear had seen her GP and had made an appointment with Addaction.

After reading a probation report, magistrates told Winspear she had come very close to going into custody. Instead, they disqualified her from driving for 30 months and gave her a community order for 12 months which includes supervision and a drink-impaired drivers’ course. She was told to pay a total of £145 in costs and victim surcharge. The disqualification will be reduced by seven months if Winspear successfully completes a drink drive rehabilitation course.