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Postie’s drink and drive error could cost her job

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 15, 2014

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A POSTAL worker could face losing her job after a driving a matter of feet while slightly over the drink-drive limit.

Lydia Capewell, 28, of Wellington Street, Burton, jumped into the driver’s seat after her boyfriend got out of the car following a row, Burton Magistrates’ Court heard.

She drove around a roundabout near Morrisons, in Branston, to pick him up again, but was spotted by off-duty police officers who had seen her ‘unsteady on her feet’ in the nearby McDonald’s restaurant.

She was breathalysed and was found to have 82 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, just two over the legal limit of 80.

Capewell was charged with drink driving and now faces the possibility of losing her job as a postwoman after being banned from driving for 12 months.

Addressing magistrates at the Horninglow Street court, her solicitor John Skinner said: “Given the low reading and the circumstances I anticipate you will have some sympathy for Miss Capewell.

“As a result of her boyfriend’s actions, she drove a short distance to pick him up before being stopped by officers. She was two over the legal limit. She has never been in court before.

“She works in a post office and she doesn’t know what is going to happen with that job.

“Because of the nature of the work she does, that may well be it.”

But prosecutors argued that Capewell was not in a fit state to drive, had broken the law and must face the automatic driving ban that comes with testing above the limit.

Emma Thompson, prosecuting, said: “Two police officers, off duty and not in uniform, were in the McDonald’s restaurant. They saw this defendant and her partner and saw the female was clearly intoxicated and unsteady on her feet.”

Capewell pleaded guilty to drink driving and as well as losing her licence was also fined £200 and ordered to pay costs of £105.

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