Driver three times the limit hit two cars

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A Glossop motorist crashed into two other cars while almost three times the drink-drive limit, a court heard.

And Kirsty Dauncey also had a previous conviction for driving with excess alcohol, High Peak Magistrates’ Court was told.

Police on duty on October 12 were called to a three-car collision on Victoria Street in Glossop, prosecutor Jennifer Fitzgerald said.

When they arrived, at just after 2pm, they saw a Skoda Fabia with damage to both the front off side and near side having collided with a parked Citroen vehicle and a parked Volvo.

The driver of the Skoda, Dauncey, failed a roadside breath test and was taken to Buxton police station, where she provided a reading of 103. The legal limit is 35.

In interview, Dauncey said she had been to her mother’s address on Hague Street where she had consumed a couple of wines and soda around lunchtime. She also said that she had consumed alcohol the night before.

The 44-year-old, of Lord Street, admitted drink-driving. She already had a drink-driving conviction from 2007, Mrs Fitzgerald said.

Kirsten Collings, defending, said: “The facts as outlined are accepted by the defendant. She accepts by virtue of her guilty plea that she was driving the vehicle.

“What she does say about the accident is that there appears to be a problem with the steering which caused the accident.

“She does have a relevant previous conviction from 2007 and is aware that a three year disqualification is to follow.

“That will have a massive impact upon her life. She has worked for a funeral company for the last ten years as a funeral director and as a result of this conviction she will lose her job.

“She lost her dad in August and has struggled to come to terms with that. She accepts alcohol has become an issue for her. It is an issue she is open to addressing.”

Dauncey was given a 12-month community order, with 200 hours unpaid work. She was banned from driving for 44 months and ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs.