Driver in crash four times limit

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A 23-YEAR-OLD woman, who drove 12 miles while more than four times the legal drink drive limit, escaped a jail sentence when she appeared in court this week.

Rebecca Davis, of Church Meadow, Barton Mills, had brought ‘embarassment and shame’ on her family, according to her solicitor Paul Booty, after she crashed into a bollard while drunk at the wheel.

Magistrate Gill Evans said the reading of 159 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath was the highest she had ever seen. She sentenced Davis to a four- month jail term to be suspended for two years. The legal drink drive limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol.

Davis was arrested by police on August 4 in Church Street, Bury St Edmunds, after crashing her blue Vauxhall Corsa into a bollard.

Lesla Small, prosecuting, told Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday that Davis had pleaded guilty to the offence at a previous hearing but had no recollection of the collision.

After showing the court five good character references for Davis, Mr Booty said she had been given advice on dealing with her alcohol intake.

“She was not aware of her problem when she came to see me. She now wants to very much take real steps to address these issues,” he said.

Mr Booty added that Davis appeared to him to be likely to help people with alcohol issues in the future.

Addressing the possibility of a prison sentence – which magistrates’ guidelines allowed for – Mr Booty said Davis would be ‘extremely vulnerable in a prison setting’.

Davis also received an 18-month supervision requirement, was disqualified from driving for 36 months and must attend 13 sessions of alcohol specific activity requirement. She had to pay £85 in prosecution costs.