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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

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Barrow woman drink-driver is warned of jail threat by judge

A DRINK-DRIVER has been told she could face jail after being found almost four times over the legal alcohol limit.

Caron Nelson, of Court Guards, Walney, pleaded guilty to drink-driving at Furness Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday March 4 2014.

The court heard this was the second time Nelson had been caught drink-driving and district judge Mr Gerald Chalk banned Nelson from driving with immediate effect, telling her the severity of the offence meant she could face prison.

The 51-year-old civil servant was spotted by a neighbour in her car between 7pm and 8pm on January 31.

Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, said: “The witness was upstairs looking out of the window, she noticed Miss Nelson sat in her car looking down.

“She saw the car jolt forward over the kerb.

“A police constable attended and Miss Nelson was described as very drunk.”

When Nelson was breathalysed the reading showed 132mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, the legal limit is 35mg.

The court was told Nelson was banned from driving in 2005.

Mrs Maureen Fawcette, defending, said: “She admits to having a number of glasses of wine before driving, three or four.

“She started early on in the morning – she was physically sick but would try and drink another glass.

“She’s put herself through her own sentence and has been getting help.”

The court was told Nelson had an alcohol problem and had sought help after it was noticed at work.

Mr Chalk told Nelson he was minded to impose a custodial sentence but would need to adjourn the case as it would be her first time in prison.

Mr Chalk said: “I am going to disqualify you now and there will be a full disqualification in due course.

“I am considering a prison sentence.”

The case was adjourned until March 13 for reports to be prepared.


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