Former head teacher caught four times over limit

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A FORMER head teacher was already almost four times over the drink drive limit when she came out of an off licence with what a witness said were two bottles of gin.

Christine Hill, 65, had already hit two other cars in the car park outside the shop on Whalley Place, St Annes.

And when Hill came out of Booze Busters, she walked into a lamp-post Blackpool Magistrates Court was told.

One onlooker was so worried she removed the keys from Hill’s Mazda vehicle and called police to the scene.

Hill of North Houses Lane, St Annes, admitted drink driving. When she was breath tested she had 130 micrograms of alcohol in her breath. The legal limit is 35.

Tracey Yates, prosecuting, said two drivers reported Hill’s Mazda had hit their vehicles at around 3pm in the afternoon.

The prosecutor said the former head teacher of Arnold Junior School for girls, before the school amalgamated to take both boys and girls, looked “woozy”, had glazed eyes and slurred her speech.

Police were called and when she was interviewed Hill said she had drunk two thirds of a bottle of gin before driving to the shop.

The court heard she had a previous drink drive conviction.

Tony Slater, defending, called the defendant’s daughter Melanie Hill who told the court her mother had a long-standing drink problem.

She said the car had now been taken away from her mother, who she said needed help for her addiction.

She told the court: “Her family loves her to bits and know she needs that help.”

Hill was given an interim ban from driving and was bailed pending the preparation of pre-sentence reports.

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