Two women banned for drink driving

TWO women are banned from the roads today after driving while three times the legal limit.One of the drivers, Jane Breckenridge, had to be given first aid after she collapsed in the courtroom minutes before she was sentenced.

TWO women are banned from the roads today after driving while three times the legal limit.

One of the drivers, Jane Breckenridge, had to be given first aid after she collapsed in the courtroom minutes before she was sentenced.

Breckenridge appeared before South East Suffolk magistrates in Ipswich where she admitted the offence.

At an earlier hearing magistrates had not ruled out custody.


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Breckenridge, of Castle Street, Woodbridge, fell backwards after magistrates left the courtroom to decide her punishment.

A first aider was called and Breckenridge recovered minutes later in time to hear her sentence.

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Outlining the case Lesla Small, prosecuting, said the 49-year-old was spotted by a policeman on foot patrol in St John's Street, Woodbridge, on January 11 at 12.20 am.

She had a furious row with her husband before she drove.

A breath test showed 106 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 mcg.

Michael Stephenson, mitigating, said: "The pressure in the house blew up on that night. She has had a lot of financial pressure over the years with having lost the house and still owing a large amount of money on it."

In sentencing bench chairman Tony Baker said the offence was aggravated by her high reading.

She was disqualified from driving for 28 months and ordered to do 40 hours unpaid work in the community.

Magistrates gave her the option of reducing her driving ban by seven months if she successfully completes a drivers' rehabilitation course.

She was also ordered to pay £55 costs.

Also paying the price of her actions for getting behind the wheel after boozing was Jennifer Broadley, of Coopers Way, Barham.

She was also three times the legal limit when she was arrested about half a mile from the Whitehouse store where she works.

Broadley was stopped by police at the slip road from the Bury Road to the A14 heading towards Claydon.

At an earlier hearing prosecutor Lesla Small said officers were alerted to the 42-year-old's drunken state after she left work at 1.45 am on January 9.

John Hughes, mitigating, said she was "the most scared person I have represented before the court."

Broadley was shaking and in tears as magistrates left to decide her punishment. She admitted drink driving after a breath test showed 113 mcg of alcohol in 100 ml of breath.

She was ordered to do 40 hours unpaid work in the community and disqualified from driving for 28 months with the option of reducing her ban by seven months if she successfully completes a drivers' rehabilitation course.

She also has to pay £55 prosecution costs.

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