Grantham court: Driver on the wrong side of road after drinking wine

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A hairdresser has admitted driving while over the alcohol limit which caused her to end up on the wrong side of the carriageway.

Jane Kirby, 52, of Warmington Avenue, Grantham, pleaded guilty to driving along Derwent Road while over the legal limit of 35 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath.

Shelley Wilson, prosecuting, told the magistrates’ court how at 9.20pm on April 24 officers on patrol saw a Fiat Punto driving on the wrong side of the road.

The officers followed and initially found the car parked up and empty, but kept observation and saw Kirby return to the vehicle and drive off.

When she was stopped and spoken to by police she admitted that she’d had a glass of wine before driving, and was arrested after being breathalysed and found to have 50 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres.

Rob Arthur, defending, said that his client admitted wrongdoing, that she had fully complied with the officers and previously had a clean licence.

Kirby was disqualified from driving for 12 months, with the opportunity to reduce this by three months if she completes a drink driving rehabilitation course, and was also ordered to pay fines of £300, a victim surcharge of £30 and prosecution costs of £85.