Motorist crashed while more than FOUR times drink-drive limit

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.

A motorist who provided one of the highest drink-drive readings ever seen by Buxton’s court - four-and-a-half times the limit - has been given a suspended 16-week jail term by magistrates.

High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard how Odeta Sukeviciute, 28, had been driving her Ford Focus along Hague Bar Road in New Mills at about 3.30pm on November 2 when she hit a parked Renault Megane.

John Cooper, prosecuting, said Cheshire police called their Derbyshire colleagues to the scene and Sukeviciute provided a reading at the roadside of 182, the limit is 35. She was arrested and taken to Buxton police station.

Mr Cooper said a blood sample was taken, due to a problem with the intoxilyser machine. When this was analysed it provided a reading of 372 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood - the legal limit is 80.

“In my 13 years prosecuting, that number of 182 is the highest drink-drive reading I have ever seen,” Mr Cooper said.

“In addition you have an accident which is almost inevitable given the amount of alcohol in her system.”

The court heard that back in November, Sukeviciute had been drinking daily and consumed four or five shots of vodka at home which had topped up her alcohol levels.

James Riley, defending, presented to the court a number of character references.

He said since the incident, Sukeviciute had realised she needed to address her alcohol consumption and had returned to Lithuania to undergo alcohol treatment - a form of hypnotherapy that makes alcohol repellent.

The court was told the defendant no longer drank alcohol.

Mr Riley said: “She is a lady of impeccable character with no previous convictions.

“You have read the testimonials showing she came to this country and forged a new life for herself.

“She is in gainful employment where she is excelling and progressing well.”

He said the offence was extremely serious: “She has made the gravest error of judgement which she is entirely remorseful about.”

In addition to the prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, Sukeviciute, of Turner Rise, Bollington, must complete 100 hours of unpaid work.

She was banned from the road for three years, but can reduce the ban by completing a drink-driver rehabilitation course.

She must also pay £85 court costs and an £80 government surcharge.