Drink-driver could be jailed after being caught at four times the limit

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SPALDING magistrates are thinking of sending a woman to prison after she drove with more than four times the legal limit of alcohol in her breath.

Police stopped Claire Ramsamy (41), of Eastgate, Bourne, in the town’s Manning Road after receiving a tip off and found she had 147 microgrammes of alcohol in breath – the legal limit is 35mcgs.

Presiding magistrate Jo Sunner told Ramsamy: “This is an extremely high reading. How on earth you managed to remain standing up with that sort of reading certainly defies our thinking.”

Sentence was adjourned to November 8 for a probation report to be prepared.

Magistrates said prison is a sentencing option and imposed an interim ban.

Prosecutor Daniel Paulson said police were told of “a possible drink driver” in the Co-op store at the Burghley Centre on September 28 and Ramsamy was later stopped in her Ford Ka.

Solicitor Anita Toal, mitigating, said Ramsamy works with Thomas Cook and if she were to go to prison she would lose her job and her home. Ramsamy had severe problems with depression and used drink to cope.