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Drink-Driver Provides Record Breath Test

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Over the weekend, it was revealed that a driver who crashed her car into a parked van, after drink-driving, blew one of the highest readings Humberside Police had seen from a female driver.

According to reports, following the accident in January this year, the driver provided a roadside breath test reading of 163 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath; a reading which is nearly five times over the legal limit of 35 microgrammes.

The driver then failed on numerous occasions to provide a breath specimen at the police station, and was subsequently charged with drink-driving and careless driving.

Following a court hearing, the driver was handed a two-year eight month driving ban, ordered to pay £200 damages for the van, £85 costs and a government imposed victim’s surcharge of £60.

In addition, she also received 200 hours unpaid work, nine sessions of alcohol counselling and three of drivers awareness course.

According to Humberside Police, the reading was one of the highest they had seen locally from a female driver, whilst they also added that the number of females being charged with drink-driving is increasing, although it continues to remain significantly lower than the number of males charged.

If you have been arrested for drink driving; the road traffic solicitors at Lester Morrill will be able to help you through the case.

Our specialist solicitors in Yorkshire will look to identify weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, including inappropriate behaviour by police, who are legally bound to follow strict procedures; whilst for those drivers who wish to plead guilty for such a charge, or are found guilty following a trial, we will ensure that you receive the most lenient sentence in the circumstances.

At Lester Morrill, we will also advise you on whether there are any mitigating circumstances which can result in you avoiding disqualification. These circumstances are known as ‘special reasons’ and narrowly defined in law and complicated to establish – for example, ‘spiked’ drinks or shortness of distance travelled.