12:03 Friday 20 December 2013

Woman, 20, more than twice the drink-drive limit

Written byHELEN KREFT

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A 20-YEAR-OLD woman who was followed by police’s blue flashing lights for half-a-mile before stopping has admitted being just under three times the legal alcohol limit.

Tammie Bull, of Mosley Mews, Rolleston on Dove, appeared at Burton Magistrates’ Court on Thursday to admit driving a blue Vauxhall Corsa in Derby Road, Burton, with 97 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Andrew Bodger, prosecuting, said: “A police officer was on patrol in Burton Town Centre at 2.12am and became aware of a car being driven (erratically).

“He put on the blue flashing lights of the police car and was driving about 35mph from Burton Town Centre to Guild Street, Hawkins Lane, before she finally stopped in Derby Road, near Princess Way.”

Bull had driven half a mile while police were urging her to stop.

The officer noticed she was unsteady on her feet when she finally stopped and got out of her car and she also smelt of alcohol.

Mr Bodger added: “When asked by the police why she didn’t stop when asked to she said ‘I didn’t know you wanted me’ which doesn’t seem right as there were blue flashing lights.”

A roadside breath test was taken and two more were taken at Burton Police Staion. The lower reading of the two was 97 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

Mr Bodger continued: “As the legal limit is 35 microgrammes she was just under three times the legal limit.”

Bull’s solicitor said to magistrates: “Due to the high reading you will want a pre-sentence report to be done before sentencing.”

Magistrates agreed that more background information was needed about Bull before sentencing and her case was adjourned.

She is due to return to magistrates’ court on January 7 after a pre-sentence report has been completed by probation after interviewing the defendant.

In the meantime, she will abide by an interim driving ban and answers unconditional bail.

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