Driver over the drink limit

A MOTORIST who was spotted swerving across both lanes of West End Road before walking unsteadily into the house was found to be well over the drink-drive limit, a court was told last week.

A passer-by called the police after he saw Nicola Andrews’ Vauxhall Astra veering across the road in Wyberton on April 4, magistrates heard. She was later found by her father lying on the kitchen floor, having consumed alcohol, said Daniel Paulson, prosecuting.

The 22-year-old, of The Graylings, Boston, was found to have 140 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath when she was tested at the police station – 105 units over the legal limit. However, when it was revealed she may have been drinking since she arrived back at the house in The Graylings, the amount was back-calculated to 73.

She pleaded guilty to driving while over the limit when she appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Mitigating, John Storer said Andrews had been distressed after having an argument with her mother earlier that morning, and in her distress she had not considered the fact that she might be over the drink-drive limit.

He added that she had a problem with alcohol, and had since began dealing with the problem and had not had a drop to drink for several months.

Andrews was banned from driving for 20 months, and ordered to pay a £150 fine, £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.