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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Mum drove over Barrow roundabout in drink-drive bid

A MUM-OF-THREE who careered into a hedge while double the drink-drive limit was attempting a 100-mile journey, a court heard.

Caroline Lowry, of Bean Leach Road, Stockport, lost control of her Toyota Yaris while crossing a roundabout in Rampside Road, Barrow, on August 17.

The 31-year-old was banned from the road for 18 months after pleading guilty to drink driving at Furness Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, told the court Lowry had been visiting the area with her then boyfriend and was staying at The Wellington Hotel in Dalton.

The pair had been drinking together but an argument ensued and Lowry, who has had no previous convictions, found alternative accommodation in The Chequers Hotel.

Later that night she took a taxi back to the Wellington, got into her car and attempted to drive to Stockport.

But the court heard she veered across the roundabout and crashed into a hedge, narrowly missing a gas main.

She managed to free herself from the vehicle and alerted the occupants of a nearby house that she had been in a collision.

When police attended she was breathalysed and found to have 75 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit is 35.

Lowry suffered serious injuries during the accident, including broken ribs and a fractured sternum.

The court heard she had recently been through a divorce before meeting her partner and had been suffering from depression.

The relationship with her most recent partner had also ended since the incident.

Addressing the court, she said: “I just want to apologise for everything that has happened, it was completely out of character.”

Deputy district judge Mr James Hatton described the crash as “quite a significant accident.”

Lowry was also fined £375 and ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

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