Alcohol counsellor was four times over limit

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An alcohol counsellor was almost four times over the limit when she crashed her car demolishing a lamp-post and hitting another vehicle, a court was told.

Jayne Cantwell, who works for the drink and drugs rehabilitation organisation Road to Recovery, told police who arrested her: “I’ve only drunk one bottle of wine.”

A breath test showed the 38-year-old counsellor was found to have 137 micrograms of alcohol in her body – 35 is the limit.

The counsellor had to be supported by a relative as she staggered into court and she kept shouting out “I’m withdrawing” from alcohol during the court hearing.

Cantwell, of Penswick Avenue, Anchorsholme, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

Blackpool Magistrates’ Court deferred sentence on her for six months to see if she could successfully complete a rehabilitation course.

She was also put on an interim order which bans her from driving.

Andrea Fawcett, prosecuting, said Cantwell was driving a Cheverolet hatchback at 8.20pm on October 27 when she knocked over a lamp-post and drove into another car on Mayfield Avenue.

Tony O’Brien, defending, said Cantwell’s partner had been away for a few days and she had had a drink when he phoned her.

The partner said he would end the relationship if she had another drink and told her he was coming home.

She panicked and got into the car because she wanted to get away from the address.

Cantwell was now off sick from her job as a counsellor with the rehabilitation organisation Road to Recovery, now known as Inspire.

The organisation had arranged a detoxification course and then a rehabilitation course for her.

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