Ban for Market Deeping drink-driver who was “smashed” when stopped by police

A woman who admitted she was “smashed” when police stopped her car has been banned from driving for 18 months.

Gemma Nathan, 29, of Stamford Road, Market Deeping, admitted one count of driving a motor vehicle when above the legal alcohol limit at Grantham Magistrates Court today (Monday).

Kate Hartley, prosecuting, said Nathan was stopped by police while driving a Vauxhall Corsa in North Street, Bourne, at 4.17am on February 9.

She told officers she was “smashed”, was slurring her speech and smelled of alcohol.

When breathalysed she was found to have 66 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of blood. The legal limit is 35.

Mrs Hartley said police had been watching Nathan’s car after a call from a member of the public.

Nathan and another woman sat in the parked car in North Street before driving towards the junction with Abbey Road and West Street, where they were stopped.

Giles Tyas, defending, said Nathan had been out in Bourne with a friend and had planned to stay the night at another friend’s house.

That friend disappeared and the two women had sat in the car for two hours trying to find somewhere to stay. Neither had enough money for a taxi.

Mr Tyas told the court that a driving ban would cause problems for Nathan, who drives to Luton and back to pick up her children every weekend.

He said: “It is going to make a big difference on the dynamic of her seeing her children.”

Magistrate Ros Gulson disqualified Nathan from driving for 18 months.

The ban will be reduced by four months if she completes a drink-drive rehabilitation course by March 4, 2014.

Nathan was also ordered to pay a fine of £110, costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.