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Dalton businesswoman banned from roads for drink driving

A DALTON businesswoman has been banned from the roads for 16 months after being caught drink driving.

Lesley Burton, 41, of Dendron Close, Dalton, drove a Nissan Qashqai when she was nearly double the legal alcohol limit.

Burton pleaded guilty to the offence at Furness Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

She had spent the evening of November 16 drinking, but a family friend called the police after she took the keys to a car in the early hours of the following morning.

She was spotted by PC Andrew Travis in Netherby Close, Barrow.

Pam Ward, prosecuting, said: “In the early hours, police were called to an address in Dalton. They were told that a woman had driven off in a family car and had been drinking.

“The officer approached the defendant, who became aggressive, shouting ‘let me go’. Mrs Burton was restrained and arrested at the scene.”

A breath test at Barrow police station revealed that Burton had 67 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Burton told the court that she was “horrified and embarrassed” by her actions.

Prior to the incident, she had been poorly and was self- medicating by taking antibiotics.

The court was told that any driving ban would impact on Burton’s career, as she delivers to customers and carries out house clearances.

However, district judge Gerald Chalk banned Burton for 16 months, which will be cut by four months if a drink driving course is completed.

She was also fined £300, and ordered to pay £85 court costs and a victim surcharge of £30.

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A 16 month ban but cut to only 4 months for being almost double the legal limit ?

The Judge should be as ashamed as the offender for passing such a lenient

This hardly sends out the right message does it ?

Posted by Not much of a deterent on 17 December 2013 at 13:59

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