A WOMAN has been banned from getting behind the wheel – after driving the wrong way around a roundabout.
Sylwia Kadziela – who holds only a provisional licence – was disqualified from driving for two years by Huddersfield magistrates yesterday.
The bench had heard how the 31-year-old had been drinking before setting out in her Nissan Micra on Boxing Day last year.
She was stopped by police after she was seen driving erratically on Fitzwilliam Street.
Vanessa Schofield, prosecuting, said: “A witness had been following her Micra and witnessed her hit two traffic lights and go the wrong way around a roundabout. Police were called to where she was parked and saw her sat in the driver’s seat with the keys in the ignition.
“Her speech was slurred and her eyes were glazed.
“There were two beer bottles in the driver’s door pocket.”
Polish-born Kadziela, who was assisted by an interpreter in court, told officers that she had been drinking earlier that evening.
But when asked to give a sample of her breath for analysis, she refused and also would not give other types of samples.
Ms Schofield said that Kadziela, of Catherine Street in Elland, gave no medical explanation as to why she couldn’t provide the sample.
She admitted that the car belonged to her mother and that she had been driving on a provisional licence.
Magistrates were told that the single mum-of-two had no previous convictions.
She admitted failing to provide a specimen and driving without due care and attention.
In defence she said that she had been unable to provide a sample because she felt ‘stressed’ and ‘overwhelmed’ by the situation.
As well as banning jobless Kadziela from driving for two years, magistrates gave her a curfew order for 12 weeks.
She was also ordered to pay £85 towards court costs.