A 26-YEAR-OLD Seaford woman has been banned from the road for a year after she got behind the wheel to pick up her boyfriend in the early hours of the morning.
Amy Ball, of Walmer Road, pleaded guilty to the drink driving offence on February 19 when she appeared before Eastbourne’s magistrates on Friday morning (March 4).
The care worker failed a roadside breath test with a reading of 76mcg in 100ml of breath - the legal limit is 35mcg.
The court heard Ball had driven from Jevington Gardens to Cornfield Road because she thought her former partner had been assaulted after he told her he was in trouble and needed a lift.
While she was on the way to collect him he telephoned police and said she had told him she was on her way to Beachy Head to drive off.
He then made a second call to the officers explaining she had changed her mind and was on her way back to Eastbourne town centre.
Police attended the town centre as a result of the calls and spoke to Ball.
They smelt alcohol on her breath and asked if she had been driving.
She told the officers her car had been parked in town all night but the police checked CCTV cameras and it showed her car was not in the parking space between 3am and 4am.
She later admitted driving in police interview.
Julien Mussi, defending, said she had been out drinking with her girlfriends before she was asked to collect her now ex-boyfriend.
He said, “Her boyfriend had not been assaulted and did not need picking up.
“She thinks the call he made was to ensure she was arrested. She accepts that relationship was a wholly unhealthy one and it subsequently concluded.”
Magistrates imposed a 12-month disqualification and ordered Ball to pay a £400 fine, £85 in court costs and a £15 surcharge.
She was offered the chance to reduce her ban by three months by completing the drink driver’s rehabilitation course.