Nuthall care worker was FOUR times over drink drive limit
A Nuthall care worker was four times over the drink drive limit when she was called out to cover a late shift, Nottingham Magistrates Court has heard.
Nikki Haywood was so drunk she parked her red Suzuki in the middle of Bilborough Road, "after a bit of bad driving," on February 6, prosecutor Paul Wood said.
A test revealed she had 141 mcgs of alcohol in 100 mls of breath, when the legal limit is 35 mcgs.
Daniel Rasteen, mitigating, said Haywood, who suffers from depression and anxiety, had been working very long shifts with few breaks, and had little to eat in the four previous days.
"She was called out to work unexpectedly," he said. "She acknowledges she should have said ‘no’."
He said she has sought professional help and now attends AA meetings.
"She is remorseful and she can see she made a terrible mistake and is deeply ashamed," Mr Rasteen added.
In a statement, Haywood, who has resigned from her job, said: "I can promise that, with the support I have put in place, you will never see me again in court. I have hit my rock bottom moment."
Haywood, 38, of Maple Drive, Nuthall, admitted drink driving when she appeared at Nottingham Magistrates Court, on Wednesday.
District Judge Leo Pyle told her: "You were four times over the legal limit - four times beyond what was safe. Luckily nobody was hurt.
"Up until that night you have led a blameless, and indeed an industrious, life.”
He imposed a 14-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with 12 rehabilitation days. She was banned for 36 weeks.