Banned driver caught at wheel again

A BANNED drink-driver was caught over the limit behind the wheel of a battered car, a court heard on Tuesday (March 1).

Caroline Henderson, of Biddenden Road, was caught drink driving in Friday Street at 9.50pm on February 12 after being stripped of her right to drive just a month before.

Dan Harrison, defending, said Henderson had been a passenger in her friend’s Ford Fiesta on a Saturday night in Eastbourne.

But when her friend crashed her car, Henderson took the wheel so her friend would not get into trouble and drove from the scene of the accident.

Police stopped the car and Henderson admitted she had already been banned from driving.

Tests showed she had 72 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg. It was also discovered she was driving the car without insurance.

Mr Harrison said, “She’s been through a lot recently. Her husband left her in 2009 and her daughter has been taken into care in March 2010 for running away from home and she’s lost her house through debt.

“She has no family to support her.”

On January 9, 42-year-old Henderson ploughed into the back of a Toyota Avensis in Kent.

She refused to co-operate with police, lying on her hands so she could not be handcuffed, and she was banned from driving after she was found to have 110mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

Magistrates sentenced Henderson to a nine-month community order and disqualified her from driving for three years.