A boozy-motorist was caught by police after she was spotted driving at speed

A boozy motorist who decided to drive home after drinking wine at a friend’s address was caught over the drink-drive limit.

Thursday, 7th November 2019, 11:02 am
Police caught a drink-driver after she had been seen driving at speed.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on November 4 how Laura Whysall, 37, of Rotherham Road, Killamarsh, was spotted by a police officer allegedly driving above the 30mph speed limit before she was found to be over the drink-drive limit.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “It was 12.45am, in the morning, on October 18, when an officer on patrol on Station Road, Killamarsh, saw a Toyota driving above the 30mph speed limit.

“As it passed a junction it accelerated away and police followed and it continued at speed to a roundabout and drove to Rotherham Road and the vehicle stopped on Sherwood Road.”

Whysall told police she had been at a friend’s address and she said had consumed a couple of glasses of wine.

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The defendant registered 46 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, according to the court, when the legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Tearful Whysall said: “I am really sorry. I was speeding just to get home really and I know I should not have done it.

“I did it just to get home and I know I shouldn’t have done it.”

Magistrates fined Whysall £196 and ordered her to pay £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

She was also disqualified from driving for 14 months but her ban can be reduced by 15 weeks if she completes a drink-drive rehabilitation course.