Police on their way to an accident were flagged down by a member of the public reporting a second, where a drink-driver’s Ford Focus had gone into a front garden.
Sarah Johnson (30), of Batemans Close, Gedney, told police she had avoided an oncoming car on her side of the road and said: “It’s got to be better than going into another car.”
Jim Clare, prosecuting, said police were flagged down by a member of the public at 7.20am on December 2, who heard a “loud bang” between 6am-7am and saw Johnson’s vehicle in the front garden next to his property in Fleet Road, Fleet Hargate.
A test showed Johnson had 85 microgrammes of alcohol in breath – the legal limit is 35mcgs.
Solicitor Anita Toal, mitigating, said Johnson had been drinking with friends the night before and into the early hours of the morning.
Mrs Toal said: “She stopped drinking, had a rest period and then she decided to drive – that was obviously a very foolish decision because she hadn’t allowed enough time to get the alcohol out of her system.
“To her very great credit, she stayed where she was, she didn’t attempt to avoid detection and she admitted she was the driver. “Another vehicle came towards her from the opposite direction on her side of the carriageway and therefore she had to take avoiding action – she believes that vehicle then had an accident further up the road.
“She states that since this accident she hasn’t driven, she’s taken public transport and, with the help of her father, she’s managed to hold down her job.”
Mrs Toal said Johnson had a clean licence and hadn’t been in court before.
Johnson was banned from driving for 20 months, fined £140 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge after she pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol. She can cut five months off the ban if she completes a rehabilitation course.