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Off-duty care worker stopped for drink-driving
8:00am Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
A care worker who said she had drunk two glasses of wine before driving her car was nearly double the legal limit, Skipton magistrates heard.
Catherine Julie Ibbitson, 41, of Studfold Cottages, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, was breathalysed by a police officer who stopped her at 4.20pm on July 7 on the B6479 at Langcliffe.
The roadside breath test was positive and she was taken to the police station where she was found to have 64 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.
Ibbitson, who admitted drink driving, told the court she had drunk a couple of glasses of wine as it was her first day off in seven months and she had not realised she would be over the limit.
She was banned from driving for 18 months and fined £400 with court costs of £85 and a victims surcharge of £40.
If she completes a drink drivers’ rehabilitation course before July 10 next year, her ban will be reduced by a quarter, or 137 days.