Drink-driver cut free after crash at night

A mum was injured and had to be cut out of her car by Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue after she crashed into a fence when she had been drinking.

Tamsin Alexander had 156 milligrammes of alcohol in blood – almost double the legal limit of 80mgs – when a sample was taken at Peterborough City Hospital.

Because of a previous drink-drive conviction within the last ten years, Alexander (39) was banned from driving for three years and fined £110 by Spalding magistrates on Thursday.

She must also pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Alexander, of Fen Field Mews, Deeping St James, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol on February 8.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said Alexander’s Ford Focus collided with a fence in Blenheim Way, Market Deeping, at about 9.30pm.

She was still in the driver’s seat when emergency services arrived and, due to her injuries, had to be cut free from the vehicle.

Miss Stace said Alexander’s previous excess alcohol offence was in 2004.

Solicitor Mike Alexander, mitigating, said the mother of three had been in a violent relationship with her ex-husband and on the day of the offence she had fled the house to go to a friend’s.

He described Alexander as “emotionally distraught”.

She had some drink but decided towards the end of the evening to go home.

“In part, I am sure the accident was caused as a result of the alcohol that had been taken and I am sure it was, in part, as a result of her state of mind,” Mr Alexander said.

The solicitor said Alexander’s friend was at the back of the court and could confirm she was in tears when she left that night.

Alexander was also in tears during the hearing and proceedings were briefly halted while tissues were passed to her.

Mr Alexander told the court: “I should say the car was written off and there’s still some struggle with the insurance about whether the claim is to be paid or not.”