Drink driver claims wine was spiked

A WOMAN who admitted drink-driving is today hoping to keep her licence after claiming she was given a spiked drink.

A WOMAN who admitted drink-driving is today hoping to keep her licence after claiming she was given a spiked drink.

Kelly Lucas' fate will be decided at a special reasons hearing at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court after she told justices she had only consumed half a glass before getting behind the wheel.

Her solicitor, John Hughes, said an expert report will reveal that even if the wine had been 15 per cent proof, she would still have been legally safe to drive.

During a brief hearing, the court heard how moments after Lucas had left the house where she had been given the drink, police received an anonymous tip-off suggesting she was over the limit.


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When officers stopped her in Eyke on the A1152, Lucas, of Redwald Road, Rendlesham, was found to have 41 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

Mr Hughes told magistrates: “Police received an anonymous phone call tipping them off that a woman driver may be over the limit.

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“An expert report will show that on the information given, even at 15 per cent proof, the reading would be below the legal limit of 35mg.

“We say that drink had been spiked.”

Mr Hughes said the defendant and her friend would be called as witnesses, as would the person who gave her the drink. The special reasons hearing will take place on August 5.

Lucas, who was released on unconditional bail, is allowed to drive until that date after magistrates opted against making an interim disqualification.

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