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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Barrow civil servant given four-year driving ban

A BARROW drink-driver caught almost four times the legal limit has been banned for four years.

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BANNED Caron Nelson admitted drink-driving when she appeared at Furness Magistrates Court. Inset, Nelson arrived at court with a suitcase in anticipation of a prison sentence JON GRANGER

Caron Nelson yesterday narrowly avoided jail after she was given a 16-week suspended prison sentence at Furness Magistrates’ Court. She was found with 132mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, the legal limit is 35mg.

Nelson, of Court Guards, Walney, had previously pleaded guilty to drink driving when she appeared before Furness Magistrates’ Court on March 4.

The civil servant turned up to court with a suitcase after being told she could be jailed for the offence, her second for drink driving since 2005.

However magistrates were told there would be “significant” long term damage should the 51-year-old be jailed.

A neighbour called police after they saw Miss Nelson sat in her car looking down before starting the vehicle which jolted over the curb on January 31.

Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, said: “A PC turned up at her home address and described Miss Nelson as being very drunk.

“She said ‘I know I should not have been driving but I have a drink problem’.

“She has a like previous conviction on October 11, 2005 in this court, she was given a community order and a two-year disqualification.”

Mr Sean Harkin, defending, told the court Nelson had been listening to the radio in the car and turned the key which made it jolt over the curb.

“She had attempted to drive the car back into its original position before buying some wine from Tesco and drinking “quite a quantity”.

He said: “Miss Nelson has got into her car with no intention of driving it at first, she put the radio on, to ensure it stays on she turned the key and inexplicably the car’s lurched forward.

“Unfortunately this offence is committed at a time when for six months prior to the incident she had been completely abstinent from alcohol.”

Mr Harkin said Nelson had sought help with Unity, which provides alcohol treatment, and had almost completed treatment.

Mrs Alison Spurgeon-Dixon, presiding magistrate, banned Nelson from driving for 48 months, and ordered her to complete a 12-month community order.

She was ordered to pay court costs of £85 and an £80 victim surcharge.

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