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Boyfriend’s prison shock led woman to drink-drive
8:00am Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
A woman whose partner received a longer prison sentence than expected went on a drinking binge before driving, Skipton magistrates heard.
Anne-Marie Ince, 50, who was more than three and a half times over the limit, was followed by a police officer who had been on his way home when she pulled out in front of him, the court was told on Friday.
Ince, of Marina Crescent, Skipton, had been on her way to Gargrave to find out about a possible job in the afternoon of August 24 when she was seen by police in Broughton Road.
She provided a positive roadside breath test and was taken to the police station where she was found to have 125 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.
Ince, who admitted drink driving and had no previous convictions, was not a habitual drinker but had been upset after learning her partner had been sentenced for assault at Bradford Crown Court, the court was told.
In mitigation, John Mewies said Ince had not been in court but had been telephoned by her partner’s barrister with the bad news.
“He received a sentence far in excess than expected and it was that devastating blow that led her to drink,” said Mr Mewies.
She had also had nothing to eat for 24 hours and had taken some of her partner’s anti-depressant tablets, he added.
He said she had been 200 metres from the junction with the A59 when she had realised she was not fit to drive and had pulled in.
She had then been questioned by the officer. Magistrates told Ince, an out-of-work office administrator, that it was a very high reading and they had considered a custodial sentence.
They handed her a 12-month community order with supervision and 200 hours of unpaid work and banned her from driving for 30 months.
She was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a £60 victim surcharge.
If she completes a drink driver rehabilitation course costing a maximum of £250 by May 27, 2015, her ban will be reduced by 227 days.