Motorist caught drink-driving after car’s shutdown system kicked in

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

A motorist was caught drink-driving after her car’s emergency shutdown system kicked in and brought her car to a standstill after she had struck a kerb.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Tuesday, May 23, how Bethany Cook, 19, had been driving on the A610 at Ripley when she struck a kerb and her car’s shutdown system was initiated and another driver called police for help.

Sam Matkin, prosecuting, said: “Police responded to reports a vehicle had broken down in a dangerous position and when they came across the defendant they conducted a roadside breath test.”

Cook, of Oliver Close, Heanor, registered 61microgrammes of alcohol in 100millilitres of breath when the limit is 35microgrammes. The defendant pleaded guilty to exceeding the drink-drive limit after the incident on May 6.

Bertie Mather, defending, explained Cook had been at a pub with friends and she went with them to a club where she did not have another drink but she later clipped a kerb on her way home.

Mr Mather added a friend had been looking for cigarettes and when Cook tried to help her she clipped a kerb and the car’s override system kicked in.

Another motorist phoned the police to help Cook but after officers arrived they smelled alcohol and tested the defendant.

Magistrates fined Cook £120 and she must pay a £30 victim surcharge and £85 costs. She was also banned from driving for 16 months.