Three-year ban for shandy drinker

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A WOMAN drunk on shandy was caught over the legal limit for the second time in five years.

Mandy Sludds was on her way to see her father in hospital at 6pm on April 26 when police stopped her BMW car in Darley Close, Staveley.

Town magistrates heard she went on to give a reading of 114mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath – more than three times the 35mcgs limit.

“Perhaps she was stopped on the basis of information received by police,” said Helen Griffiths, prosecuting.

Sludds, aged 38, of Fern Avenue, Staveley, admitted drink-driving and was ordered off the road for three years. She also received a six-month probation supervision order, including an alcohol treatment programme, with £85 costs.

“There have been problems in her life with alcohol, particularly last year when, separating from her husband, she was drinking to excess,” said Jon Barber, for Sludds.

“It was a nice day and she had been drinking shandy, but she drank so much it put her over the limit.” Mr Barber said both her parents had health problems. Her father had lung disease and was in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s Disease.

“She was going to pick her brother up and go to hospital and that’s why she was driving – but police were told by someone and she was intercepted,” added Mr Barber.