‘Pillar of the community’ unable to give breath sample

A ‘PILLAR of the community’ found herself before magistrates last week after she was unable to give a breath sample when suspected of driving over the limit – after driving just five yards down the A16.

Lydia Tyrrell, of Church Lane, Wrangle, had been a passenger in the car, but got behind the wheel to move it to a safer place when her husband got out and walked off after the pair had been arguing about a family matter on the evening of July 28.

The 57-year-old, who only has a provisional driving licence, was very distressed and felt she had to move the car out of the road, despite the fact the was not insured to drive the vehicle and had failed to provide a specimen.

She admitted all three offences when she appeared before Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, told magistrates police had seen the Tyrrell’s VW Beetle driving along the A16 on the way to Kirton. The car stopped and the woman inside waved to the officers and got out of the car to go over to them. She was clearly upset and her breath smelled of alcohol. After failing a roadside breath test she was arrested and taken to the police station, where she could not provide a sample for police to analyse.

Ms Stace said: “She was very distressed and emotional and unable to provide the two samples of breath. She said there was no medical reason, but it is quite clear that is reason for her failing to provide.”

Defence solicitor Carrie Simson said Mrs Tyrrell had been going through a terrible time with her family, which had affected her greatly.

Ms Simson added: “I can say with some certainty that Mrs Tyrrell is a pillar of the community. This is a somewhat isolated incident and somewhat unusual.

“For her to be in court today is particularly embarrassing for her. She is ashamed and she really is full of remorse.

“She accepts responsibility for her actions on that day and describes it as foolish.”

She added that Tyrrell drove the car only about five yards, after her husband left it half on the road and half on the grass.

Magistrates said that although they were in great sympathy with the woman’s situation, the crime still needed to be punished.

They fined her a total of £260 and ordered her to pay £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

She has also been 
banned from driving for 12 months.