Prosecco drink-driver in a Land Rover crashed into three parked cars

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

A drink-driver has been banned from the road after she crashed into three parked cars.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Wednesday, July 11, how Zoe Heydon, 33, of Saxton Close, Hasland, Chesterfield, lost control of her vehicle and crashed on Chatsworth Road, in Chesterfield.

Prosecuting solicitor Lynn Bickley said: “Police received reports of a road traffic collision on Chatsworth Road after a Land Rover crashed into three parked cars and the driver appeared to have been drinking and was seen walking towards Morrisons on Chatsworth Road.

“Officers attended and conducted an area search and located a female who was the driver and it was Miss Heydon and she said the vehicle was hers and she apologised.”

Following several failed attempts to conduct a roadside breath test, according to Mrs Bickley, and a further unreliable breath sample at the police station a urine sample had to be taken.

The court heard Heydon registered 203 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of urine when the legal limit is 107 milligrammes.

Heydon told police she does not normally drink but she had consumed three glasses of Prosecco and just wanted to get home and she felt would be okay to drive.

The defendant, who is of previous good character, pleaded guilty to exceeding the alcohol drink-drive limit after the incident on May 11.

Defence solicitor David Gittins said she was open and honest and she had misjudged the level of alcohol in her system.

He added that Heydon had been distressed after the collision and after she spoke to a friend she arranged to meet them at Morrisons but she was not running away from the scene of the collision.

Mr Gittins said the defendant has separated from her long-term partner and he was also her business partner and there have been difficulties.

Magistrates fined Heydon £221 and ordered her to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

She was also disqualified from driving for 20 months but she can reduce the ban by five months if she completes a drink-drive rehabilitation course.