A PENSIONER who drove dangerously while more than twice the drink-drive limit has narrowly avoided jail.
Edna Broadley, 65, drove her Vauxhall Astra from her Halifax home and crashed in Manchester Road, Marsden, which was when police were called, Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court was told yesterday.
Prosecutor Paul Ramsey told the court the offence happened on September 3 at around 6.10pm.
He said on questioning Broadley had admitted drinking three glasses of wine with food before making the 40 minute journey on both residential roads and the motorway despite a flat tyre.
Broadley pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving while under the influence of alcohol. A reading of 82 micrograms in 100ml of breath was recorded – the limit is 35.
Defence solicitor Charles Ainley told the court it was only by the ‘grace of god’ that no one was injured.
“This incident has caused her many sleepless nights and although a lot of people don’t want to go to prison it is not something which terrifies them to this extent. It would have a profound affect on a lady who undoubtedly takes her position seriously.”
He said she had set off in her car seeking support on dealing with the fact that her husband was suffering from cancer but accepts she behaved ‘completely irrationally and dangerously’.
He told the court she had decided to give up driving for good as a result of her actions.
Magistrate John Rotchell told Broadley: “You drove dangerously for a substantial period of time along motorways and residential roads during which time you had a flat tyre.
“I sentence you to four months in custody suspended for 12 months meaning you don’t go to custody now.”
He ordered the defendant to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work in the community, to comply with a drink-drive awareness course and gave her a three-year driving ban.