Young Ipswich mum who was three times drink-drive limit when crashing is banned

Drink-drivers in court

Drink-drivers in court - Credit: PA

A party-going young mother has admitted to being more than three times the drink-drive limit when crashing into a car and fleeing the scene.

Charlotte Dickson, of Hossack Road, Ipswich, pleaded guilty at the town’s magistrates’ court to four offences which occurred in the road where she lived.

The 23-year-old admitted drink-driving, failing to stop after an accident, failing to report an accident and having no MoT.

Adele Cook, prosecuting, said shortly after midnight on May 1 police received a 999 call about a collision between a moving vehicle and a parked car.

Two females were said to have run from the scene.


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Police traced Dickson to her home where she admitted she had been the driver of the Peugeot 206 which crashed.

A breath test showed she had 110 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

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The mother-of one, who is currently on maternity leave from her job as care assistant, was ordered to undergo an assessment by the probation service before she was sentenced.

Outlining the details of the report a probation officer told the court Dickson had been at a party on the night of the offences.

She had consumed alcohol, but did not remember the incident.

The court was told: “She says it is the worst thing she has ever done and feels terrible about it.”

Dickson was sentenced to a community order with an eight-week curfew between 9pm and 7am.

She was also disqualified from driving for 24 months.

In addition Dickson must pay £85 costs and a further £85 to the victims’ fund.

In a separate hearing a Romanian national who had only been in the country for two months was also banned for drink-driving.

Ovidiu Aldea, of Ranelagh Road, Ipswich, pleaded guilty to being twice the legal alcohol limit when he was stopped on May 1.

A breath test showed the 31-year-old had 71mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath.

Police stopped Aldea in a Romanian-registered Audi in Ranelagh Road after he stopped a green traffic light before turning right into a bus lane.

Aldea, who listened to proceedings through an interpreter, heard his solicitor Sue Threadkell tell the court he had come to the UK eight weeks ago.

Aldea done occasional work for an agency during his time here.

He lives with a fried who has offered to help pay his fine.

Aldea was disqualified from driving for 18 months.

He must pay a total of £235 in costs and a fine.

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