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Drink-drive woman, 20, receives two-year ban

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 07, 2014

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A YOUNG woman has been banned from driving for two years after she got behind the wheel following a boozy night on the town.

Tammie Bull, 20, of Mosley Mews, Rolleston, shared two bottles of wine with a friend and downed a cocktail in Burton on November, 29.

Bull, who admitted drink-driving, intended to get a taxi home but decided to drive of her blue Vauxhall Corsa because she did not have enough money, Burton Magistrates’ Court was told.

Emma Thompson, prosecuting, told the court Bull initially failed to pull over for the police car which trailed her along Hawkins Lane.

When she finally stopped in Princess Way, an unsteady Bull told the officer she did not realise the police wanted her to pull over.

She was arrested and blew a positive breath test of 97 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath – nearly three times the legal limit.

Bull was not represented when she appeared before magistrates in Burton yesterday.

But her probation officer Vicky Brake told the court Bull had drunk about 12 units of alcohol during the night which gave her ‘false confidence’.

She said: “Once Miss Bull decided to go home she did not have money left for a taxi and did not have her cash card so she did not consider the alternatives to getting home.

“She had false confidence and made the unfortunate decision to get into the car and drive.”

Ms Brake said Bull admitted she knew she would have been over the drink-drive limit when she decided to get back behind the wheel.

She said: “Miss Bull realised she would be over the limit but not by how much and she was quite surprised when she found she was nearly three times over.”

Ms Brake added that Bull, who works irregular hours at Aldi and a restaurant, has since made efforts to cut down on her drinking.

Presiding magistrate Dorothy Pegg disqualified Bull from driving for 24 months and ordered her to complete a 12-month community order which included 60 hours of unpaid work.

This would have been 80 hours of unpaid work if it were not for Bull’s prompt guilty plea.

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