Driver doing 15mph banned for 20 months

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A POLICEMAN arrested a driver travelling at 15mph and weaving across the road because he thought she was in imminent danger of crashing into something, Spalding magistrates heard.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said Daina Salija was narrowly missing parked cars when she was stopped in Spalding at 11.40pm on June 26.

Salija (45), of Albion Street, Spalding, was arrested for suspected drink-driving but refused to take the intoxilyzer breath test at Spalding Police Station.

Miss Ritson said: “At one point she began to suck the mouthpiece rather than blow into it.”

Magistrates banned Salija from driving for 20 months and ordered her to pay £320 in fines and costs when she pleaded guilty to failing to provide a breath specimen.

She can cut five months off the ban by completing a rehabilitation course.

Solicitor Anita Toal, mitigating, said Salija had been drinking the night before and into the early hours of the day she was stopped – she also had two cans of cider that evening.

Mrs Toal said: “Ironically she was doing a favour for a friend. She had agreed to give the friend a lift home.”