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Joanne Adams of Launceston pleads guilty to drink driving after overturning car

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 15, 2014

THE DRIVER of a Renault Clio found on its roof in Launceston at the weekend has admitted drink-driving.

Joanne Adams, 23, of Hurdon Way, Launceston, who has a previous conviction for a similar offence, was handed a three and a half-year ban when she appeared before Bodmin court in custody on Monday morning.

Adams, who was verbally abusive to police, initially told officers she had drunk some vodka after crashing into a garden wall on Woburn Road but later accepted she had been lying.

She spent two nights in police cells following her arrest in the early hours of Saturday.

Adams pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol in her breath, apologising to the magistrates for her "stupidity".

Nigel Hall, for the prosecution, said that police attended the accident just after midnight on Saturday and found the Clio half in the road and half in a garden. No one was inside but shortly afterwards they spoke to Adams who had spots of blood on her clothing and glass in her boots.

She failed a roadside breath test and a police station sample showed she had 99 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the limit being 35mcg. Mr Hall said that Adams had been verbally abusive to the police and "flailed her arms around".

The court was told that on August 7, 2009, Adams had been banned from driving for 12 months after driving with excess alcohol in her breath and failing to stop after an accident.

Barry Hilliard, for the defence, said that Adams had met her partner in the pub on Friday evening and had two or three glasses of wine. She had not planned to drive that night but they argued and she decided to drive home.

Taking account of the time she had spent in custody, the magistrates fined Adams £420 with £85 costs and a £42 victim surcharge.

She was offered the opportunity to do a drink-drive rehabilitation course, which will reduce her ban by 42 weeks, but was warned that as a high-risk offender she would have to satisfy the DVLA of her medical fitness to drive before her licence would be returned to her.

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