Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Woman banned for three years after pushing car while over the drink-drive limit . . .


Woman banned for three years after pushing car while over the drink-drive limit

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Christine Prescott thought the car had stopped in a dangerous place after her ex-husband left it when it ran out of petrol

Caught: The woman said she was pushing the vehicle to a safer place after the car ran out of petrol on Link Road in Sawston, Cambs

A woman has been given a three-year ban for drink-driving after she was pushing a car after it ran out of petrol

Christine Prescott was found to be in breach of a previous 28-day driving ban which had been imposed a fortnight before she was discovered pushing a car when it ran out of fuel on June 11.

In the most recent incident, Prescott was in the passenger seat of the Ford Ka being driven by her ex-husband when the motor came to a halt just a few minutes' drive from their home.

While her then husband walked off to a nearby pub, Mrs Prescott decided the car was in too much of a dangerous place so began pushing it somewhere safer.

But the 52 year-old was spotted by police who had been called by a member of the public who saw her pushing the Ford Ka along Link Road in Sawston, Cambs.

A roadside breathalyser found she had 50 mgs alcohol in 100 mls of breath - the legal limit is 35 micrograms.

Prescott, of Sawston, was charged with driving whilst disqualified, driving under the influence of alcohol and using a car with no third party insurance.

It also meant she was in breach of a 28-day driving ban for failing to stop after an accident which had been imposed a fortnight before the June 11 incident.

Prosecutor Sally Rose told Cambridge magistrates the case was "unusual".

Jim Dignan, mitigating, said her ex-husband had been driving the car before it ran out of petrol.

He told the court: "He went off the pub and left her to her own devices. She pushed it from a very dangerous place to a safer place."

Lead magistrate Mary Duff said she recognised that the offence wasn't like driving on the motorway but stressed that she had to ban Prescott.

As well as losing her licence for three years Prescott was fined £165.

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