Barnstaple mum receives lengthy driving ban

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple - Credit: Archant

Care worker was more than three times the legal limit after ‘taking a chance’ and driving half a mile home.

A BARNSTAPLE care worker was caught more than three-times over the legal limit when she drank two bottles of wine then drove half-a-mile home.

Alison Young, 47, of Lynhurst Avenue, Barnstaple, appeared in court charged with drink driving – her second appearance in two years.

The mother-of-three ‘took a chance’ and drove the short distance home due to a health condition making walking extremely painful, magistrates heard on Friday.

She was caught after police received reports of a VW Beetle being driven by a suspected drink driver in Lynhurst Avenue on April 3.


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Officers were driving to the vehicle’s registered address when Young’s car appeared, being driven ‘all over the road’, said prosecutor Karen Ball.

The police car put on its lights to halt the vehicle which juddered to a stop. When officers opened the car door they were met by the smell of ‘intoxicating liquor’.

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When asked how many drinks she had consumed, Young told officers she had drunk ‘a few bottles of wine’ at a friend’s house after arguing with her son.

A breath test revealed a reading of 108 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, more than three times the legal limit of 35.

The court heard in a fast delivery report compiled by the probation service Young was ‘appalled’ at her actions and had referred herself to Ad Action.

Barry Culshaw, for the defence, said the compulsory disqualification from driving would be extremely difficult for his client as she could not walk more than 100m without being in ‘huge discomfort’.

The court heard Young had received her first drink driving conviction July 2011 after the breakdown of her 14-year marriage.

Magistrates banned Young from driving for three-and-a-half years and imposed a six month community order with supervision.

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