North Walsham Police officer pulled over after staff Christmas party slapped with lengthy drink-driving ban

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A police officer was today given a lengthy driving ban, after being caught drink-driving in Catfield.

Lorna Stoker, 37, of North Walsham Police was hit with a 15-month disqualification by magistrates in Great Yarmouth, having been pulled over by fellow officers at around 2am on December 5, following a staff Christmas party.

A police officer for 12 years, she was stopped on the A149 in Catfield and on being taken Yarmouth police investigation centre gave a reading of 57mcg of alcohol in 100ml on breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

Appearing in court on Monday, Stoker pleaded guilty to a charge of driving a motor vehicle when her alcohol level was above the limit.

Arthur Balls, mitigating, said she was 'deeply ashamed.'

Stoker only spoke to confirm her name and address.

She is now banned from driving until March 18, 2018, though this will be reduced to December 2, 2017, on the completion of a drink-drink awareness course.

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She was also ordered to pay £591 to the court, including a £460 fine and a £46 victim surcharge.