Grantham court: Mum caught because she had no lights on

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A drink driver was caught by police because her car was displaying no lights.

Kylie Wai-Yen Evans, 25, of Thistleton Lane, South Witham, admitted drink driving in Stamford on February 9.

Prosecuting, Tracey Ross said police saw her car at 12.40am in St Peter’s Street and it had no lights on, front or back. It almost collided with several parked vehicles before police stopped her.

She failed a roadside breath test and a further reading at the police station recorded 74 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes of alcohol.

Rory Macmillan, defending, said Evans was the mother of a three-year-old child and worked for an insurance company in Grantham. He said Evans would not be able to keep her job because she would be banned from driving and it would not be possible to get public transport to Grantham and get her son to nursery. Her son suffers from asthma and needs regular checks.

Mr Macmillan said that on Saturday, February 8, Evans had gone out at 10.30pm and she had drunk two glasses of red wine and eaten some nibbles. She had not eaten since breakfast and was drinking on an empty stomach. She thought she was fine to drive but was shocked when police stopped and breathalysed her.

Mr Macmillan added: “She is very sorry she is in this situation and it will have a significant impact on her life and, therefore, I ask you to impose a minimum ban.”

Magistrates disqualified Evans from driving for 18 months. She was fined £100 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20. She agreed to take part in a drink drive rehabilitation course which will cut her ban by a quarter if it is completed.