Grantham court: Morning champagne led to night time collision

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A woman who drank champagne left over from her birthday party has admitted driving over the alcohol limit.

Tatjanna Nemikina, aged 28, of Waterloo Cottages, Belton pleaded guilty to driving her Audi TT with 57 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

At 10.15pm on September 28, police noticed the car stopped in the middle of Bridge End Road, Grantham with extensive front end damage to the wheel area. Prosecutor Daniel Pietryka said that this appeared to have been caused by Nemikina’s car colliding with a stationary vehicle, but there was no-one around who had witnessed the accident and Nemikina herself couldn’t remember exactly what had happened.

After failing the roadside breath test she was inteviewed by police and said that she had been drinking with friends to celebrate her birthday, but had thought she felt OK to drive.

Rory Macmillan, defending, said that despite there being no witnesses Nemikina had made a full admission.

She had been celebrating her birthday by having drinks with friends on the previous night, but on finding a bottle of champagne left over the next morning decided to drink this too.

The defendant then drove a friend home, where they had more to drink, and it was on her way back from there that the accident happened and she was stopped by police.

Mr Macmillan said his client ‘feels very ashamed’ and had never made a mistake like this before having previously had a clean licence.

Nemikina was disqualified from driving for 12 months, with the opportunity to reduce this by three months if she completes a drink driver’s rehabiliation course.

She was also fined £400, and must pay £85 in prosecution costs and a £40 victim surcharge.