Party woman was over drink drive limit

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PARTY celebrations ended in a driving ban for a Coal Aston woman who was almost three times the legal limit.

Alex Olivia Thorpe had attended a leaving party for a family friend’s son who was bound for duty in Afghanistan.

She took the wheel of her Mini after 10.30pm and hit a parked car as she tried a U-turn in Marsh Lane, Eckington.

“The owner of the damaged vehicle took the keys from her vehicle and police were called,” Becky Mahon, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates.

She was arrested and said: “I’ve only driven two minutes down the road from a party.”

Thorpe, aged 21, of Holmley Lane, Coal Aston, later said in interview she had been drinking for seven hours from 3.30pm. She gave a reading of 103mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath.

The legal drink-drive limit is 35mcgs.

Thorpe, employed by Sainsbury’s as a filling station team leader, admitted drink-driving on May 6.

She was ordered to do 80 hours unpaid work and was banned from driving for two years, with £85 costs.

“She felt okay to drive but obviously she wasn’t. She classes it as a very stupid mistake to try and drive home,” said Annette Thomas, defending Thorpe.

“She will be able to walk to work. I don’t think we will see her before the courts again.”

Thorpe’s ban will be cut to 18 months if she passes a drink-driving rehabilitation course.