Woman banned from driving for 40 months after being caught drink-driving in Lowestoft

A motorist has been banned after being caught drink-driving. Picture: James Bass

A motorist has been banned after being caught drink-driving. Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

A motorist has been banned after being caught drink-driving.

Tanya Halls, 23, of Coronation Terrace, in Pakefield, Lowestoft pleaded guilty at Lowestoft Magistrates' Court to driving above the legal alcohol limit.

On December 22, 2015 at 12.15am, she was making her way to Great Yarmouth down Yarmouth Road, in Lowestoft.

Prosecutor Colette Harper said police officers in a patrol car behind noticed the Suzuki Swift she was driving was starting to swerve into the other lane.

As a result, they turned on their blue lights.

Halls drove for a further 40 seconds before she suddenly stopped, making no attempt to pull into the kerb, the magistrates' court was told yesterday (Thursday, January 14).

When officers asked if she had been drinking, she said she had had a couple of drinks.

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After providing a breath sample she was found to have a reading 85mg/100ml, which is over twice the legal limit.

Mitigating, Richard Mann said Halls works as a carer for the elderly and this ban was going to make her life extremely difficult, as she would have to bike or take the bus everywhere.

Jane Bowles, chairman of the bench, disqualified Halls from driving for 40 months.

However that could be reduced if she completes a drink-drive rehabilitation course.

She was also ordered to pay £426 in court costs.