A woman who drove after drinking was desperate to escape from her violent ex-boyfriend, a court heard.

Rachel Unsworth was over the limit when police pulled her car over in the early hours of January 10 because she forgot to turn the lights on.

Kirklees Magistrates’ Court heard that she had been afraid when her ex turned up at her Lockwood home.

The 25-year-old had been forced to move house and jobs because of his behaviour.

She pleaded guilty to a charge of driving whilst over the prescribed limit.

The court heard that police stopped Unsworth’s Audi A2 at just after 4am because she was travelling along Leeds Road in Huddersfield with no lights on.

When the officers spoke with her they discovered that she smelt of intoxicants, had bloodshot eyes and her speech was slurred.

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Unsworth, of Horse Bank Drive, admitted that she had drunk a large Jack Daniel’s and coke before getting behind the wheel.

She had 47 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Hannah Bray, mitigating, said that her client had been at her home with friends when her ex-boyfriend turned up.

The court heard that Unsworth had been forced to move home and change jobs twice to try and get away from him.

Miss Bray said: “He was aggressive towards her. There was an emergency situation where she had to get away for her safety. “

District Judge Michael Fanning told Unsworth that she drove too far for her to be able to raise duress as a defence.

He banned her from driving for 14 months. Unsworth was fined £135 and ordered to pay £85 costs and £20 victim surcharge.