‘Drug offence could cost me my job’

A CARE supervisor may lose her job after being found in possession of a Class A drug following a drink-drive incident.

Victoria Saunders, of Snowdon Close, crashed into the back of a Vauxhall Corsa near the Hide Hollow roundabout on the evening of February 12.

Magistrates at Eastbourne heard the 34-year-old’s passenger drove off in the vehicle while Saunders remained at the scene.

The defendant then started to walk off but was stopped by the lady in the other car.

A breath test showed Saunders had 73mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

When she was searched a small amount of white powder was found in her sock and she told officers this was cocaine for her own use. She added she had drunk four pints of lager.

Saunders, of previous good character, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol and possessing the cocaine.

Maxine Buck, defending, told the court Saunders worked seven days a week, had been enjoying her first day off in some time and was not a regular cocaine user.

She added, “She had one day off and the steam blew off and she went a bit crazy.

“As a result of this she has been suspended and there’s a high probability she will lose her job not only because of the cocaine but because she will be disqualified from driving.

“She has a mortgage and is very concerned about prospects of future employment.”

Ms Buck said her client, who supervises other carers, may not be able to continue is this line of work and added, “Another loss is her good name, I ask you to bear that in mind. The likelihood is she won’t come before the court again.”

For possession of cocaine Saunders was fined £50 and another £100 for the drink driving offence.

She was banned from the road for 15 months and can reduce this by three months if she takes part in a drink drive rehabilitation course.

She must also pay £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.