Woman four times over drink drive limit gets three year ban

Dawson's car was pulled over by police
Dawson's car was pulled over by police

A Malton woman has been banned from driving for three years after admitting getting behind the wheel while four times the drink drive limit.

Lesley Dawson, of Milton Avenue, was pulled over by police in Princess Road, Malton, at 12.50pm on Tuesday June 7 after they spotted the car being driven slowly and struggling to take a bend.

Lesley Dawson

Lesley Dawson

Dawson was asked to blow into a breathalyser after alcohol was smelled on her breath and she blew 150mg in 100ml of breath – the limit standing at just 35mg.

She returned the highest reading of more than 100 people who have been prosecuted in a North Yorkshire Police summer crackdown on drink drivers this summer.

Dawson admitted one charge of driving while above the limit when she appeared at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on Thursday last week.

In mitigation, solicitor David Cammidge said that Dawson was not normally a drinker but had consumed “three or four” glasses of wine the night before and then some more in the morning before getting in her car.

He added: “This is a tragic case.

“Twelve months ago my client lost her father, which hit her very hard.

“The day in question was a year to the day that she’d buried her father and she had a doctor’s appointment and foolishly decided to try and drive herself.”

As well as her lengthy driving ban the 45-year-old will have to undertake 200 hours of unpaid work and complete 10 Rehabilitation Activity Requirement days.

Dawson must also pay £85 costs and an £85 surcharge.

Sgt Andrew Morton of North Yorkshire Police Road Policing Group said: “To drive with this level of alcohol in your system – 150mg which is over four times the legal limit of 35mg – is completely irresponsible and highly dangerous.

“The driver, in this case, was arrested at 12.55pm in the afternoon on a busy road in Malton, so she not only risked her own safety but also the safety of a high number of other innocent road users.

“North Yorkshire Police are determined to take dangerous drink and drug drivers off the roads.

“Be warned, our officers are out on the roads and as committed as ever to finding those who choose to break the law.

“I appeal to members of the public that if they have information about anyone who is driving under the influence of drink or drugs, please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1 and pass the details to the Force Control Room.

“For those who would prefer to remain anonymous, please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Your call could save someone’s life.”