Mum-of-two is banned from roads

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A MOTHER-OF-TWO who called police after driving her car whilst drunk has been banned from the road for 18 months.

Samantha Wood, of Brightland Road, told officers she had drunk too much, that she was near Beachy Head and didn’t know where her car was although she admitted having driven it.

The 39-year-old, who suffers from depression, was found and a breath test showed she had 97mcg of alcohol in 100ml of blood. The legal limit is 35mcg.

In interview Wood said she had some issues going on in her life involving money and alcohol and on the evening in question she had gone to her ex-husband’s to get a bottle of vodka and return home to drink it. She said her memory wasn’t clear but she did remember driving and parking her car up.

Wood, of previous good character, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

A report from probation was read out to Eastbourne magistrates which said the defendant was remorseful and that the incident was totally out of character.

Prior to committing the offence Wood had lost her bag which had her bank card in and although she found her bag the card was missing.

The report added she had taken steps to help herself including attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

Wood, representing herself, added, “I would like to apologise, it’s totally out of character.”

She was disqualified from driving for 18 months which can be reduced by four months if she completes a drink drivers rehabilitation course in a set period.

She was also given a 12 month community order and must carry out 80 hours of unpaid work and pay £85 court costs.