Woman caught drink driving

A WOMAN was caught over the limit when she drove to a Ripley supermarket in search of more drink, a court has heard.

Police on patrol in Heanor at 11.30pm on February 16 saw an oncoming car being driven without headlights and too fast for the road.

“They turned around and tried to catch up with it. They travelled through Codnor and found it in a car park at Sainsbury’s in Ripley,” prosecutor Bill Taylor told Chesterfield magistrates.

“Police noticed that the driver was very careful and slow in her speech. She smelled of alcohol and she failed a roadside breath test and was arrested.”

Rachel Harriman, 22, went on to give a reading of 73mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath - more than double the 35mcgs limit.

Harriman, of Kerry Drive, Smalley, admitted drink-driving. She had a previous conviction for being in charge of a vehicle while unfit through drugs in 2009, when she received a three-month driving ban.

This time, she was handed a 20-month road ban, ordered to do 60 hours unpaid work and pay £85 costs.

“She had been at home and a few friends came round and alcohol was drunk. She felt she hadn’t had a significant amount and decided to go to the supermarket to get more supplies.

“It was an error of judgement. She was driving a friend’s car at the time,” said Julie Page, for Harriman.

The disqualification will be cut to 15 months if Harriman passes a drink-driving rehabilitation course.