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Woman 85 convicted of drink driving

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An 85-year-old who has just been handed a one year ban from the roads is believed to have become Britain’s oldest female drink driver. 

Pensioner Betty Teague, from Shoreham in Sussex, was stopped by police officers on April 12, after she was spotted crawling down the A27 with no lights on.

When the grandmother was given a roadside breath test, she was found to be over the limit and pleaded guilty to drink driving at Brighton Magistrates. 

Court heard she had been offered a rum and coke by her daughter after running her grandson home.

Apart from the 12 month ban, the retired school caretaker was ordered to pay fines and costs of more than £150.

Following the case, Mrs Teague said she wasn’t aware she had been over the limit at the time.

While the over 60s are the age group least likely to be convicted of drink driving, police have said that this month’s case highlights that there is no such thing as a typical offender.

Superintendent Jane Derrick said: “We are catching people of all ages, of both sexes and of a range of backgrounds and occupations who think it is okay to risk their lives and the lives of other road users by having a drink and then getting behind the wheel.

“It is totally unacceptable to drink and drive. As far as we are concerned, one drink is one drink too many.”

David Bye is believed to be the oldest drink driver in Britain. He failed a breath test after being seen by police driving erratically near Felixstowe, in Suffolk, last year.