Ban for elderly lady who drove after taking brandy for a head cold

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A 78-year-old woman who took brandy and hot water to ease a head-cold has been given a £285 fine and disqualified from driving for 20 months.

Yvonne Beck, of Church Green Road, Boston, pleaded guilty to driving above the legal limit after being found to have 151 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80 milligrammes.

Prosecutor Becky Ritson told Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday that shortly after 5pm on January 5, police were called to a collision between two cars on Eastwood Road, Boston, where Beck was found sitting in the passenger seat of her Rover 25.

After being treated by paramedics Beck failed a roadside breath test and was taken to Boston Police Station, where she gave the positive blood reading.

Mrs Ritson added Beck had admitted to being the driver of the vehicle.

Defending, Philippa Chatterton said Beck had taken brandy, hot water and sugar as self-medication for a 
head-cold.

She said: “She felt no side effects of the alcohol and felt she was getting better and so decided to take a trip to the shops.”

Upon reaching Eastwood Road, she found cars ‘unusually’ parked on both the left and right-hand side of the road and a white van in her way which ‘refused to budge’, added Ms Chatterton.

When she went to move out the way herself she then collided with a Honda car.

Ms Chatterton added that Beck’s car was her lifeline and that she had said she 
would drive again if found fit to do so.