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Christmas drink driver admits guilt

PUBLISHED: 03:33 04 May 2003 | UPDATED: 13:49 03 March 2010

DRINKING three times the legal limit of alcohol led to an Ipswich woman crashing her car into two telegraph poles, a court heard.

Drink driver Anna Gibbons, 30, of Bramford Road, Ipswich, appeared before magistrates in Sudbury and admitted driving having consumed excess alcohol on December 5.

DRINKING three times the legal limit of alcohol led to an Ipswich woman crashing her car into two telegraph poles, a court heard.

Drink driver Anna Gibbons, 30, of Bramford Road, Ipswich, appeared before magistrates in Sudbury and admitted driving having consumed excess alcohol on December 5.

The offence happened on the B1117 at Denham (correct).

Prosecuting Godfriedt Duah (correct) said: "Police were called to attend a road traffic accident and found Miss Gibbons had been driving a vehicle which had collided with two BT telegraph poles. When officers attended they saw her still in the vehicle with some injuries."

Gibbons was taken to a police station and asked for a blood sample which tests later revealed contained 240 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.

In mitigation James Yardy said unemployed Gibbons was receiving income support and incapacity benefit, having taken time out from her third year of university studies.

He said: "She suffers from a number of personal problems since the age of 19 when she started showing symptoms of anorexia, which almost progressed to the point that she needed hospital treatment.

"The symptoms means she struggles with day to day living and has feelings of despair and depression and has taken anti-depressants. To escape her problems she has turned to alcohol, leading to a level of dependency. She had been at her parents' address on the date of the offence, and there have been a number of family problems. She was unhappy and had been drinking throughout the afternoon and has confessed to me to feeling suicidal tendencies.

"She remembers very little of the accident but had been on her way to visit a friend in Denham."

Yesterday magistrates ruled out custody, imposed an interim driving ban and adjourned the case to May 27 at Bury St Edmunds magistrates court.

Gibbons was released on unconditional bail.


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