Drink driver fined after failing breath test

A NEWTHORPE motorist pulled up by police at night was over the limit after drinking alco-pops, a court heard.

Caylee Thomas was at the wheel of a Fiat Punto stopped in Nottingham Road, Alfreton, at 1.30am on February 12.

Magistrates at Chesterfield were told that she was alone in the car and smelled strongly of alcohol. She failed a roadside breath test and was arrested.

Helen Griffiths prosecuting said Thomas told police she had drank one and a half bottles of WKD Blue.

Thomas went on to give a reading of 51mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath, the limit being 35mcgs.

Thomas, of Hackworth Close, Newthorpe, admitted drink-driving. She had no previous convictions.

“This offence was obviously a huge mistake,” said presiding magistrate Gordon Johnson, who fined her £269, with £85 costs.

He also imposed a one-year driving ban which will be cut to nine months if she passes a drink-driving rehabilitation course.

Thomas told the court: “I’m sorry for what I’ve done. It’s totally out of character. I was going through a bad time.”