A WOMAN who drove her car while drunk and collided with some railings following a family wake has been banned from driving.
Tracey Tabb, 50, of Hawfield Lane, Winshill appeared at Burton Magistrates’ Court yesterday to face a drink-driving charge for the incident on the evening of August 23.
A breath test carried showed her to be almost twice over the legal limit.
The court heard that Tabb had been at her mother-in-law’s wake at The Sump pub in Burton. She had intended on walking home but decided to drive her BMW.
Emma Thompson, prosecuting, told the court the incident happened shortly before 10pm when police received reports of a road traffic collision.
She said: “The airbags deployed and the engine was off. When police arrived it was clear she had been drinking. She said it was a mistake and she just wanted to take her husband home.
“She set off from The Sump public house where she had been at her mother-in-law’s wake and said she wasn’t thinking straight.”
Officers breathalysed Tabb who had 80 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 milliletres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath
In her defence, John Skinner, said: “She had been on holiday with her husband when she heard her mother-in-law had passed away. At the wake some trouble started so her priority was to get away. She had planned to walk but made the unfortunate decision to take the car.”
Mr Skinner added that it was an ‘explanation’ not an ‘excuse’ and as a result of the drink-driving charge she had handed her notice in at work.
He said: “She is clearly affected by having to come to court. It is a matter of great shame for her.
“She has shown remorse and entered a guilty plea at the earliest opportunity.”
Tabb was fined a total of £215 by magistrates, including a £110 fine and £85 in court costs.
She was disqualified from driving for 20 months and was offered a drink driving rehabilitation course.