Banned driver asks court ‘can you drive an electric bike?’

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A woman asked magistrates “can you drive an electric bike?” as they spelled out the consequences of an 18-month ban for driving with almost double the legal limit of alcohol in breath.

Court officials chorused “yes, you can”.

Police stopped Jaqueline Pinkney (55), of Wargate Way, Gosberton, in the early hours of April 13 in Boston.

Nick Todd, prosecuting, said Pinkney failed a roadside breath test and the reading on an evidential machine was 68 microgrammes – the legal limit is 35mcgs.

Mark Hudson, mitigating, said Pinkney was out with her sister that night and had “one large glass of wine”.

She hadn’t eaten, but drank Coca Cola.

Mr Hudson said: “If you mix a mixer with any sort of alcohol, that allows the alcohol to go into your system a lot, lot quicker.”

Pinkney had just secured a job that needed a driving licence and “didn’t recklessly drink-drive”.

She can cut four months off the ban if she attends a rehabilitation course. She was also fined £110 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Pinkney, who pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol, told magistrates: “I just want to say I am really sorry and I didn’t do it intentionally.”