Woman driver hit pole while over limit

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A woman who had been drinking narrowly missed crashing into a van at a roundabout then drove onto a grass verge and hit the pole of a road sign.

Pamela Wilshaw was more than three times over the limit when she took a roadside breath test but at the police station she refused to provide the required breath samples for alcohol testing.

Wilshaw, 45, of Edenvale Avenue, Bispham, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention and not providing a breath specimen.

She was bailed for pre- sentence reports and banned from driving in the meantime by District Judge David Purcell sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said a man was driving along Bispham Road when Wilshaw’s Peugeot came directly towards him at a roundabout narrowly missing his van on October 31 at 9.15pm.

She then drove on the wrong side of a central reservation on to a grass verge and hit a traffic sign where her car stopped dead.

A roadside breath test showed 125 micrograms of alcohol in her body - 35 is the legal limit.

She was then taken by ambulance to hospital and afterwards to a police station where she refused to provide the required breath specimens.

Alan Godwin, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had suffered head injuries, a broken nose, plus cuts and bruises in the crash. She was taken to the police station after going to hospital and she could not remember the breathaliser procedure.