Grantham court: Drink driver ‘will convert to Islam’

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A 22-year-old Grantham woman who was caught driving while slightly over the alcohol limit after a Christmas dinner told magistrates she was converting to Islam and would never drink again.

Mariana Jesus, of Beechcroft Road, Grantham, pleaded guilty to drink driving in Grantham on December 14.

Prosecuting, Shelley Wilson told the court that police stopped Jesus just after 3am in Manthorpe village because she was driving over the 30mph speed limit. She smelled of alcohol and failed a roadside breath test.

Jesus gave a further two breath tests at the police station and gave a reading of 46 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal alcohol limit is 35 microgrammes.

Mrs Wilson said because the reading was below 50 Jesus was offered a blood test but she declined and accepted the breath test reading.

Jesus, who was unrepresented, told the court: “It happened because I had been to a Christmas dinner. I was going home and I did not realise I had drunk that much. It was three o’clock in the morning and I apologise for what I did, but I have learned from it. I am going to change my life and I am going to get married. I am converting to Islam and I am never going to drink again.”

Jesus was disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined £110. She was ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20. She agreed to take part in a drink driver rehabilitation course which, if completed successfully, will reduce her disqualification by 12 weeks.