Woman called police after ‘foolish’ drive following a drink

Court news.
Court news.

A woman who had a drink and drove a short distance after a family argument called police after ‘realising she had been foolish’.

Linda Montgomery, 58, of Highgate, Leverton, appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday pleading guilty to driving above the legal alcohol limit.

Prosecutor Paul Woods said Montgomery called police saying she had had an argument with her family and left the house having had a drink on December 15.

She later gave a reading of 70 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath (legal limit 35).

Defending, John Storer, told how Montgomery and her husband had moved to their current address three years ago to care for an aunt but had been involved in arguments, including the aunt threatening to sell the house.

He said his client had a drink before she left, drove just 200-300 yards and may not have been over the legal limit at this point. But after pulling over she sat in the passneger seat and drank more alcohol, before calling police. She felt she couldn’t call her husband, he added.

Mr Storer said: “She realised after a while what she had done had been a bit foolish.”

Montgomery was disqualified from driving for 18 months, given a £100 fine, £50 costs and £20 victim surcharge.