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Over-the-limit grandma called police in panic when she broke down and couldn’t contact recovery service

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Court news

A grandma who was almost three times the drink-drive limit called police in ‘blind panic’ when her car broke down and she couldn’t contact the breakdown service, a court was told.

Sharron Goldie, 46, was on her way home from a visit to her daughter and grandson in Bicker when her Suzuki WagonR broke down at Sutterton.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said a police officer and special constable were asked to go to Goldie shortly after 7.30pm on January 26 after she called the force.

She said Goldie sounded ‘very distressed’ and police believed she may have had an alcoholic drink.

Officers found Goldie on Station Road, which wasn’t where she thought she was.

Miss Stace said Goldie failed a roadside breath test and officers found a part-filled bottle of wine in her beige handbag.

She admitted having a drink ‘earlier on today’.

A reading showed 103 microgrammes of alcohol in breath – the legal limit is 35mcgs.

Goldie, of Sandygate Crescent, Old Leake, was banned from driving for two years, fined £220 with £85 costs and a £22 victim surcharge when she pleaded guilty at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

She can cut six months off the ban if she completes a rehabilitation course.

In defence, Roger Lowther said Goldie intended staying the night with her daughter, but got a call to pick up her husband from the pub where he worked.

He said: “It is obviously somewhat unusual for someone who has had a drink to contact the police, but such was Mrs Goldie’s blind panic that she didn’t feel she had any option.”

Mr Lowther told the court Goldie had been terrified of the court proceedings.He said: “When I first met her in custody at Boston she was extremely upset – she thought she would be going to prison.”

 
 
 

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