Drink-driver’s car was embedded in another

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
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Police were alerted to a drink-driver in Glossop after seeing her car embedded in another, a court heard.

Officers on duty at 11pm on November 22 came across a two-car crash on Simmondley Lane, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

A Ford Focus had collided with another vehicle and the driver of the Focus, Claire Lawton, was trying to free her car when police arrived, prosecutor John Cooper said.

While speaking to Lawton, officers noticed she was unsteady on her feet and smelled strongly of alcohol.

She failed a roadside breath test so was arrested and taken to the police station where she provided a reading of 95, the legal limit is 35.

Lawton, 41, of Bowland Road, admitted drink-driving.

Kirsten Collings, defending, said: “The prosecution facts are accepted by the defendant.

“She was compliant at the roadside and at the police station.

“She entered a guilty plea at the first opportunity.

“She can’t believe she made the decision she did to drive on that day.”

She added: “She is having difficulties at work. She has seen her GP.

“She would like to do the drink driver’s rehabilitation course as she is anxious to get back on the road as quickly as possible.

“This disqualification will have an enormous impact on her family.”

Lawton was given a community order with an eight-week curfew from 7pm to 7am.

She was also disqualified from driving for 24 months and must also pay £85 costs and a£60 government surcharge.