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

PUBLISHED: 17:47 22 October 2015 | UPDATED: 17:47 22 October 2015

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

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


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.

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.

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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