Heacham woman found almost four times the drink drive limit given suspended jail sentence

Crest on the wall ourtside King's Lynn magistrates / crown court

Crest on the wall ourtside King's Lynn magistrates / crown court - Credit: Archant

A woman who had consumed a half bottle of vodka drove home in her car because she did not want to walk past her ex-boyfriend's home, a court heard.

Jane Hook, of Freda England Close, Heacham, near King's Lynn, was found with 130mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, while the legal limit is 35mcg.

The 38-year-old pleaded guilty to drink-driving and King's Lynn magistrates handed her an eight-week sentence suspended for 12 months.

She must also pay a victim surcharge of £80 and court costs of £150, and was banned from driving for 30 months.

Giles Beaumont, prosecuting, said she was spotted by police officers taking a 'very wide turn' round a corner and her actions put her in the top bracket for exceeding the limit.


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For Hook, James MacWhirter said she had suffered with depression over a number of years and, at its worst, she had difficulty getting out of bed in the morning.

He said Hook consumed a half bottle of vodka while sitting in her car, before driving about 400 yards to her home from her father's property, after dropping off his weekly shop.

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Mr MacWhirter added Hook had not wanted to walk past the nearby house of a former boyfriend who she claimed had abused her, so felt she had to drive.

'She got herself into such a state that she turned to drink in the car,' he said.

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