Woman four times drink limit

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A WOMAN was given a suspended jail sentence and banned from driving for three years after being caught nearly four times the drink-drive limit.

Alison Clears, 42, of Church Gardens, Barningham, pleaded guilty to driving with excessive alcohol and driving without a licence at Bury St Edmunds magistrates’ court on Friday.

Prosecuting, Emma Houson said that Clears was found by police on Capel Walk in Stanton slumped in the driver’s seat of her black Vauxhall Astra on December 7.

The keys to the car were in the ignition although the engine was not running.

A breath test later showed she had 164 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of her breath, almost four times the legal drink drive limit of 35.

In mitigation, Fiona Borley said that Clears had previous problems with alcohol and that she was in need of grief counselling.

Magistrate Alan Humphreys said: “Miss Clears, this is an incredibly high reading, so much so that it disappears into the stratosphere of sentencing.

“However, in view of your guilty plea and what we have heard about you, we are not going to ask for custody.”

Clears was given a 20-week jail sentence suspended for 12 moths and banned from driving for three years, to be reduced by nine months on completion of a course.

She was ordered to attend a alcohol specific activity requirement and pay £85 costs. She received no separate penalty for driving without a licence.