Stowmarket driver crashed into bollard

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A widow almost three times the drink-drive limit crashed into a bollard on her way to a garden centre, a court has heard.

At Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Friday, Lorraine Joyce Coe, 57, of Heron Close, Stowmarket, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol in the town’s Chilton Way on May 10 - 238 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.

Barry Jackson, from the probation service, told magistrates Coe had been ‘emotionally distressed’ after disturbing her husband’s ashes and had decided to drive to a garden centre so she could fill the hole they had left in her garden.

“She has used this event as a catalyst to get support for drink, bereavement and general well-being,” he added.

In mitigation, Claire Lockwood told magistrates no one had been injured and no other vehicles had been involved in the collision.

She said Coe had already sold her car and was trying to do everything she could to resolve her ‘issues’.

Coe was banned from driving for 36 months, to be reduced by nine months on completion of a driver’s rehabilitation course.

She was also fined £300 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.