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Saturday, 02 August 2014

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Barrow woman was four times legal limit

A DRUNK driver claimed she’d only had “one pint” – before a breath test revealed her to be four times over the limit.

Jill Robinson, 38, was pulled over in Roose Road on April 21. A breath test read 143 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 microgrammes of breath – the legal limit is 35.

She pleaded guilty to drink-driving at Furness Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

The court heard Robinson was of “good character” and had no previous convictions.

Mr Trystan Roberts, defending, told the court: “This was her first taste of trouble with the police.”

Mr Roberts told the court Robinson, of Norfolk Street, Barrow, had just left an abusive, violent relationship and had suffered two miscarriages, which led to an increase in her drinking.

On the day of the incident, she had been “drowning her sorrows” after learning her father had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Robinson was given a community order of 12 months with a provision to attend alcohol awareness classes, ordered to undertake 180 hours of unpaid work and to pay a £60 victim surcharge and costs of £85. She was banned from driving for 34 months.

A passenger in the car, David Blagburn, 44, of Vicarage Mount, Walney, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly after swearing at the officers who stopped Robinson. He was fined £150 and must pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

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