Woman spared jail after drink-driving in Eastbourne

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A woman who sped away from police while drink-driving in Eastbourne was spared jail when she appeared in court last week.

Catherine Edwards, 31, an unemployed barrister from Surrey, received a 12-month jail sentence suspended for two years and was disqualified from driving for two years when she appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday, May 5.

At an earlier hearing, Edwards admitted to dangerous driving, drink-driving, failing to stop for police and driving otherwise than in accordance with her licence.

The court heard that at around 12.30am on Saturday, January 30, Edwards sped past two stationary police vehicles displaying flashing blue lights while they were attending an unrelated incident in Seaside, Eastbourne.

An officer driving one of the police cars pursued Edwards’s Seat Toledo and tried to stop her by using blue lights and sirens.

She failed to stop, hitting speeds of 70mph while in a 30mph zone and passed through several pedestrian crossings before another police vehicle appeared and she slowed and stopped in the Sovereign Centre car park.

After stopping, Edwards failed a roadside breath test. A later test revealed she had 50 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Edwards was also ordered to undertake 80 hours of unpaid work, take a 20 day rehabilitation activity and ordered to pay £200 costs.

She must also take an extended driving test to regain her licence once her driving ban expires.

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