A DRUNK driver almost three times over the limit was stopped by members of the public after she drove erratically along the Addingham bypass, heard Skipton magistrates.

Emma Rouse, 38, was seen by other drivers swerving across the A65 in her Vauxhall Corsa on April 25 and even passing on to the grass verge, the court was told last Friday.

Rouse, who was heading towards Skipton, stopped at a roundabout, where she was approached by other drivers, who confiscated her car keys.

The police were called, and Rouse provided a positive road side breath test. She was taken to the police station where she was found to have 104 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit is 35.

Rouse, of Greatwood Avenue, Skipton, a woman of previous good character, admitted drink-driving.

The court heard in mitigation that the mobile cleaner had been to a client in Ilkley and had accepted three Gin and Tonics as part of her client's birthday celebrations.

Keith Blackwell, mitigating, said Rouse was a very hard working woman who was a self employed mobile cleaner.

He said she had been drinking the night before and should not have accepted the Gin and Tonics. She has shown great remorse and was seeking help for her drinking.

Magistrates imposed a 12 month community order including an alcohol treatment programme and a two month curfew, from 7pm to 7am. She was also banned from driving for 26 months and ordered to pay a surcharge of £85. If she completes a drink drivers rehabilitation course, her ban will be reduced by 26 weeks.