A driver was found to be over the legal alcohol limit when her car was involved in a “bump” with a police car.
Lisa Carr (36), of Thorpe Avenue, Moulton Chapel, has now lost her licence – and a new job as a courier.
Paul Wood, prosecuting, said police followed Carr’s VW Golf on Roman Road, Moulton Chapel, after she left The Jolly Farmer pub at 10.30pm on March 29.
Police described the car as “being driven rather slowly and swerving within the carriageway”.
Mr Wood said the car stopped suddenly, reversed towards the police car and there was “gentle contact between the bumper of the police vehicle and the rear of the VW”.
He said: “Fortunately there was no damage to either vehicle. I think the defendant’s view is that the police vehicle rather gently drove into the back of her.”
Carr admitted having 57 microgrammes of alcohol in breath – the legal limit is 35mcgs – and was banned from driving for 14 months, fined £110 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge. She can cut three months off the ban if she completes a rehabilitation course.
Presiding magistrate Malcolm Johnson said it was a sad event in relation to Carr’s new job.
Mr Johnson said: “If you are driving for a living, you really do have to stay away from any kind of drinking.”
Solicitor Mark Hudson, mitigating, said Carr drove slowly while looking for a parking space and moved into the middle of the road to reverse into a space when the police car drove gently into the back of her car.