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Spalding woman drunk-drove to take poorly auntie to pharmacy

A woman driving in Spalding without headlights on was found to be over the drink-drive limit.

Cristina Paulitos was stopped by police in Churchgate on April 19 and failed a roadside breath test.

She was arrested and later blew 49 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath; the legal limit being 35.

At Boston Magistrates' Court yesterday (Wednesday), 36-year-old Paulitos, of Cowbit Road, Spalding, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

Mitigating, Sully Baig said the defendant's auntie was visiting from Portugal and had begun to feel unwell.

He added: "She (Paulitos) didn't think it so serious to call 999 but instead decided to drive a short distance to a pharmacy."

Disqualifying Paulitos from driving for 12 months, District Judge Peter Veits said: "Clearly you made an error in driving. You could have taken a taxi.

"Fortunately, no one was hurt."

Paulitos declined the offer to take a drink-drivers' rehabilitation course which, if completed successfully, would have cut her ban by three months.

She was fined £120 and ordered to pay £115 in costs and a victim surcharge.

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