A WOMAN was caught drink-driving in Leabrooks after police had received a tip-off that she might be over the limit, a court has been told.
The call was made after midnight on March 10 and officers decided to visit the address of the car’s registered keeper – Michelle Castledine.
On the way they saw her Volkswagen Golf in Greenhill Lane, Leabrooks, and stopped the carin Charles Street.
Castledine appeared to be drunk, Chesterfield magistrates heard.
She gave a reading of 65mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath – almost double the 35mcgs limit, said Becky Mahon, prosecuting.
Castledine, 35, told the court she had given birth nine weeks ago and could not get a baby-sitter very often.
She added: “I’ve been driving for 15 years and I’ve never done anything like this before.
“I know I’ve done wrong and I really regret it.
“I just needed to get out for a bit. Everything was getting on top of me.
“I only intended to go to Greenhill for a couple of drinks, that’s all.”
Castledine said she had a son who was “a handful” and may have attention deficit disorder.
She had not been eating properly since the birth and she was prescribed anti-depressants, she told magistrates.
She also suffered from agoraphobia and struggled to cope with public transport.
Castledine, who was moving from an address in Welbeck Close, Somercotes, to Rookery Close, Belper, admitted drink-driving.
She had no previous convictions, the curt was told.
The Bench fined her £125, with £85 costs, and imposed a 12-month road ban. It will be cut to nine months if she passes a drink-driving rehabilitation course.