19th Sep, 2020

Woman with ‘unblemished record’ gets ban for drink driving

Worcester Editorial 10th Jun, 2015 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A CLAINES woman has been banned from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay more than £500 after she was pulled over while above the legal drink drive limit.

Helen Maureen Porteous, of Teasel Way, plead guilty at Worcester Magistrates Court on Friday (June 5) to driving with 44 microgrammes of alcohol in her breath.

Owen Beale, prosecuting, told the court the 50-year-old was stopped by officers on patrol who received information that caused them to pull her over on April 30.

They spoke to her on the A38 and smelt alcohol on her and she then failed the road side test.

Defence solicitor Adrian Harling said: “She has never been before the court and never had so much as parking ticket.

“My client was not aware of the amount of alcohol being given to her. It is a quite unfortunate background with a break-up of a long-standing marriage, she has moved from the matrimonial home but stays there one night a week to use the washer. On the night before the incident her husband did not stay away he said he had arrangements but then came back bringing drink with him.

“Mrs Porteous did not intend to drink, she says she is not aware of what was being given to her as she did not feel the effects of alcohol did not feel hungover and so felt it was appropriate to drive

“She was stopped by police after they received information. There were no problems with her driving, no veering from side to side.”

District Judge Nigel Cadbury fined Porteous £250 and ordered her to pay £85 court costs, a £25 victim surcharge and a £150 court charge.

“I bear in mind you have an unblemished record and that this has been a disaster for you,” he added.

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