Ban for woman who drove while twice over the legal limit

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A WOMAN who admitted drink-driving in St Peter's Valley has been banned from driving for 18 months and ordered to carry out 50 hours of community service.

Evangeline Elizabeth Yates (20), of Grande Route de la Côte, St Clement, crashed her red VW Polo near Sandybrook at about 2 am on Sunday 7 May, causing significant damage to her car, the Magistrate's Court heard.

After she failed a breathalyser test at the scene, Yates was taken to police headquarters and gave an intoximeter reading of 74 mcg of alcohol in 100 ml of breath. The legal limit is 35 mcg.

Centenier Mike Haden said that Yates had been drinking earlier in the evening but had stopped and drove later, as she thought that she was not over the limit.

Advocate James Bell, defending, said that Yates wished to issue an apology to the court and submitted that she was someone who was very unlikely to reappear in the court.

In sentencing, Assistant Magistrate Peter Harris, said: 'You have made a very serious error of judgment, as alcohol does not disappear from the system just because you stop drinking.'

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