Former head’s drink drive shame

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A FORMER headmistress was almost four times over the drink drive limit when she drove to an off licence.

Christine Hill admitted drink driving when she appeared before Blackpool magistrates.

The court heard how the 65-year-old, of North Houses Lane, St Annes, had drunk two thirds of a bottle of gin before she got into a Mazda car and drove to get more booze.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said Hill drove onto the car park in front of shops in Whalley Place, St Annes.

Witnesses said she was driving slowly and appeared ‘woozy’.

On the car park she hit two other vehicles with her car.

When the owners confronted her she was having difficulty walking and talking properly.

She went into the off licence and came out with a bottle of gin and walked into a lamp post.

Witnesses had called the police who realised Hill had been drinking and the former head of Arnold School junior girls school, South Shore, before the facility amalgamated to become a duel sex school, was arrested.

She could not to complete two breath tests but managed a third and had 130micrograms in 100 millilitres of breath.

She had previous conviction for a similar offence in 2003.

Magistrates warned her she could have been jailed but said they were prepared to suspend her sentence.

Hill was handed a 40 month driving ban and given a 12 week jail term, suspended for 12 months.

She was also placed on supervision by probation officers and must attend a drink impaired drivers course.

Her lawyer Tony Slater told the court: “This is a sorrowful and tragic case.”

At an earlier hearing the court heard that Hill had along standing drink problem which she did not accept and she needed treatment for it.