Drink and drive wife banned for club trip

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An upset wife steered into trouble when she drove to a Heanor club to confront her husband after a squabble, a court heard.

Amanda Dowding had argued with him over the phone and he had been “verbally abusive,” magistrates in Derby were told.

Passers-by confiscated her car keys after seeing her stumble at the entrance of the Coronation Club at about 11pm on November 4.

Dowding, 44, of Joan Avenue, was banned from driving for 24 months and ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid community work. She admitted driving with 106 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Andrea Charity, prosecuting, told magistrates that Dowding drove along Derby Road, Heanor, to the Coronation Club.

“She got out of the car and was seen stumbling at the entrance of the club. Witnesses formed the impression she had too much to drink,” Ms Charity told the hearing. They alerted police and the witnesses took Dowding’s car keys when she emerged from the club soon after.

Miss Aisling Wall, mitigating, said Dowding had an argument on the phone with her husband when he was “verbally abusive”.

Miss Wall said: “She went to the Coronation Club to confront him about it.”

She said Dowding’s journey was only half a mile but she accepted it was a “very dangerous situation”.

Miss Wall added: “She is very grateful there was no collision, no-one was in danger and accepts they could have been. It was a particularly frightening experience for a woman who finds herself in a police cell overnight in very uncomfortable conditions.”

Presiding magistrate Gordon Faulks pointed out she was three times the legal limit and said it was “a very serious offence”. He said the court’s penalty followed national guidelines.

The court heard Dowding has a job in Southwell.

The car trip took her an hour but she would now have to use public transport which would take “considerably longer.” Dowding, who had no previous convictions, must pay £85 prosecution costs.