Motorist called police after concerns for swerving driver

High Peak Magistrates' Court
High Peak Magistrates' Court
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A motorist was so concerned about a fellow driver that he called police, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

John Cooper, prosecuting, said at 4.45pm on May 19 the motorist was travelling from Whaley Bridge towards Kettleshulme.

The witness noticed a Peugeot car in front was going over the centre white lines and swerving across before the driver over-corrected and collided with a roadside embankment.

The car then continued on its way before stopping at a pub. The other motorist also stopped to check on the driver to see if they were alright, thinking they were drunk or ill.

Justine Helena Worrall, 45, said she was fine but the other motorist was not convinced and called police.

Worrall was spoken to by police at her Buxton Road home in Whaley Bridge, and later failed to provide breath samples at the police station.

“She did not make any serious attempts to provide any samples and provided only partial readings varying from 67 to 99,” said Mr Cooper.

Annis Rowlands, defending, said Worrall had driven to the pub to work. The court heard how one of the tyres had deflated on Worrall’s Peugeot and she had been taken home.

Ms Rowlands said her client had suffered two recent bereavements and a matrimonial breakdown and was on medication.

“She had stayed up the previous night watching in part DVDs of her late parents and had found that upsetting. She had taken very strong painkillers and wasn’t feeling herself when she set out for work.”

Ms Rowlands said Worrall has been distracted when driving to work and her actions with police had been completely out of character.

Worrall was banned from the road for 20 months. She must pay a £120 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.