Student banned after drink at bonfire party

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

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A university student was found to be over the alcohol limit after driving away from a bonfire party.

Natalie Miller, who is studying fashion promotion at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, and doing a work internship at the city’s River Island store, was stopped by officers in a police car.

Miller, 21, of The Saw Mills, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

She was banned from the road for 17 months, fined £100 with £85 costs and ordered to pay a £150 court charge plus £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Miller was driving a Citroen C2 on November 7 at 4.40am when she pulled out in front of a patrol car on Springfield Road. She struggled to keep the car straight. A breath test showed 61 microgrammes of alcohol in her body – 35 is the limit.

Patrick Nelligan, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, said she drank one Malibou and cola during a seven-hour bonfire party.