Ipswich woman caught drink-driving twice in 24 hours at Asda and Orwell Bridge

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A woman caught drink-driving twice within 24 hours has been banned from the road for two years.

Teresa Rees, of Ramsey Close, Ipswich, was more than twice the legal limit on both occasions, the town’s magistrates heard.

The 52-year-old pleaded guilty to two charges of driving with excess alcohol when she appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court.

The first incident occurred when police were called to Asda in Stoke Park Drive, Ipswich, at 4.05pm on January 5.

Prosecutor Colette Harper said a member of staff had seen Rees buying wine in the store. At the time she was red-faced and struggling to keep her balance.

She left the shop and got into a Ford Fiesta which she drove from one area of the car park to another.

The member of staff called police and remained with Rees until an officer arrived.

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A subsequent breath test showed she had 75 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

Rees was released police bail at 12.34am on January 6, the court heard.

Just before 3.30pm the same day police were called to the Felixstowe-bound carriageway of the A14 at the Orwell Bridge after Rees was seen walking along the footpath with a bottle of wine in her hand.

Rees’ Fiesta was found in a layby and she was located sitting on a low wall under the bridge smoking a cigarette.

The court was then told Reed became difficult when police were taking her back to their vehicle after being handcuffed. She also sat on the floor of the police investigation centre and was uncooperative.

A breath test showed Rees had 72mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath on that occasion.

Jo Paton, representing Rees – who had no previous convictions, said: “She is extremely sorry.”

In addition to her two-year driving ban, magistrates gave Rees a 12-month community order which includes a six-month alcohol treatment requirement. She must also pay £170 costs and £85 to the victims’ fund.