Sheffield mum caught drink-driving after nipping out for cigarettes

A motorist was caught over the drink-drive limit after she had just driven less than half-a-mile to buy cigarettes from a service station.

Sunday, 1st December 2019, 5:00 pm
Updated Sunday, 1st December 2019, 5:00 pm

Lauren Elizabeth Boulby, aged 31, of Deerlands Avenue, Parson Cross, caught the attention of police, according to a Sheffield Magistrates’ Court hearing, when she mounted a kerb on Wordsworth Avenue.

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Prosecuting solicitor Kirsty Pearson told the court hearing on November 28: “Shortly before 1am, on Thursday, October 31, the defendant was seen by officers driving a blue Ford Focus on Wordsworth Avenue, Sheffield, and was seen to mount a kerb and pull to a stop at the forecourt of a petrol station.”

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Mrs Pearson said Boulby confirmed she had consumed a drink about an hour before she had driven and she failed a roadside drink-drive breath test.

Boulby later registered 76 microgrammes of alcohol n 100 millilitres of breath during an evidential drink-drive test at the police station when the legal limit is 35 micogrammes.

She pleaded guilty to exceeding the alcohol drink-drive limit.

Arshaid Bashir, defending, said: “She went around the corner and lives a short distance from the petrol station where she was going to purchase a box of cigarettes and the distance is short – not even half-a-mile.”

Mr Bashir added Boulby is a mother and a support worker so a driving ban will impact on her professional and personal life.

Magistrates fined Boulby £200 and ordered her to pay £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge. She was banned from driving for 18 months.