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Linton woman handed driving ban after crashing into a bollard in Church Gresley

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 26, 2014

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A WOMAN has been banned from driving for more than two years after downing a bottle of wine and crashing into a bollard.

Carol Hulse told Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court she forced herself to call the police after realising: "It could have been a child and I could not have lived with that."

Hulse contacted the police after walking home to Coton Park, Linton, following the crash on July 29.

She said: "I feel very sorry for what has happened. At the end of the day, I could have killed myself and somebody else."

Derby magistrate Dr Derek Lees praised her for alerting police but told her: "The level of alcohol was significant, almost four times the limit."

Hulse admitted driving with 117 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

A 28-month driving ban was imposed on Hulse, 47, who was ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid community work. She was put on probation for a year and must pay £85 prosecution costs with a £60 government surcharge.

Peter Quinn, prosecuting, told the court: "Happily no-one was injured as a result of her driving. But with a reading like that, it was more by the grace of God."

On the night of the offence, Hulse drove to a friend's house in Church Gresley, where she had two glasses of wine. After leaving the woman's home, she drove to a lay-by and remained there for 90 minutes.

"She then drove back into Church Gresley, bought a bottle of wine, went back to the same lay-by and drank the whole bottle while sitting in the car," said Mr Quinn.

When questioned by police, Hulse said another car had 'forced her to swerve into the bollard'.

Hulse told the JPs she had a 'bit of a misunderstanding' with her husband and decided to leave the house for a while.

She added: "I didn't want it to escalate."

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  • ScaredAmoeba  |  August 27 2014, 4:16PM

    [she forced herself to call the police after realising: "It could have been a child and I could not have lived with that."] At least she had the moral fortitude to do the right thing. Many drink-drivers would do anything to avoid getting caught, such as driving-off after running somebody down. I suspect that's why there are so many hit & runs. Of course a significant proportion are driving uninsured; disqualified; no car tax etc.