A WOMAN drink-driver wrongly believed treatment limiting her alcohol consumption would kick in.
Victoria Vergette, of Burnside Drive in Holmfirth, appeared before Kirklees magistrates yesterday.
She pleaded guilty to a charge of drink-driving.
Magistrates heard that at the time the 57-year-old was following a controversial treatment which allows alcoholics to continue drinking.
Vanessa Schofield, prosecuting, said that the offence occurred at 2am on June 13.
CCTV equipment on Queensgate in Huddersfield town centre picked up Vergette getting into her Land Rover Discovery.
She then drove along Zetland Street towards the Shorehead roundabout.
There Vergette was involved in a crash and police attended.
She provided a positive breath test at the roadside and was arrested. At the police station further tests revealed she had 75 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – more than twice the legal limit of 35mgs.
Magistrates heard Vergette had previous convictions from 2006 and 2007 for drink-driving and failing to provide a specimen.
Ian Whiteley, mitigating, said that his client had suffered an alcohol addiction for some years.
He said that following her last conviction she had worked hard to control it.
The solicitor said that Vergette followed the Sinclair Method, which involves taking medication to curb excessive drinking.
Mr Whiteley said: “The medication takes the craving away from alcohol.
“When she’s had one or two drinks the medication kicks in and she doesn’t want anymore.”
Magistrates banned Vergette from driving for 14 months, gave her a six-month community order and told her to pay £85 costs and £60 costs.