Grantham court: Drink-driver crashed car

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A mother crashed her car into a fence at Oasby Mill after driving nearly three times over the alcohol limit.

Carrie Mellor-Pick, aged 46, of Spire View, Sleaford pleaded guilty to driving with 232 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.

At 1.53pm on May 21 police were informed of a collision involving one car, and on arrival saw a Ford which had left the carriageway and smashed through a fence before ending up in a field.

Prosecutor Shelley Wilson detailed that the car was ‘within an inch of a garden building, and had wooden poles embedded in the vehicle and windscreen.’

The driver, Mellor-Pick, was lying on her back with people around her, and the officers checked that she was OK ahead of the ambulance’s arrival.

At this point they noticed the smell of alcohol, and a breathlyser test proved positive.

As Mellor-Pick did need some medical treatment she was taken to hospital, where a blood test gave the reading included in the charge.

Prior to this offence Mellor-Pick had no previous convictions and a clean licence.

In a report from the probation service, the court heard that on the previous night the defendant had drunk two glasses of wine with dinner and then another two at around midnight.

On the day of the accident she was driving to her ex-husband’s house to let the dog out, and stopped at a pub on the way where she had another glass.

Mellor-Pick had been dealing with a number of problems at the time, including an ongoing health condition which had signed her off from work, and admitted that she had been drinking up to six glasses of wine a day.

However since the offence she had taken the decision to attend meetings with the Drugs and Alcohol Recovery Team (DART), and had reduced her wine intake to no more than two glasses a day, while having no issues at all with drugs.

In her defence, Chris Pye-Smith pointed out that Mellor-Pick was not claiming any benefits and consequently was living off her savings.

He added that his client had also gone through the breakdown of two marriages.

Mellor-Pick was disqualified from driving for 24 months, with the opportunity to reduce this by six months by completing a drink driver rehabilitation course.

She must also pay a fine of £185, prosecution costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.