Drink-driver was on wrong side of the road

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A woman was more than four times over the alcohol limit when police saw her driving the wrong way down a one-way street.

Karen Kendall-Smith, 39, of Hawes Side Lane, Marton, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

She was sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months, put on one year’s supervision, banned from the road for 30 months and ordered to pay £85 costs with £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Presiding magistrate, Peter Trend, told Kendall-Smith: “This is an extremely high reading.

“The suspended prison sentence will hopefully help you keep focused.”

Sandra Ardern, prosecuting, said police saw Kendall-Smith on October 26 at 9.30pm driving a Peugeot 306 the wrong way down one-way Albert Road, Blackpool.

She was stopped and an officer took the keys from her vehicle.

A breath test showed 148 micrograms of alcohol in her body - 35 is the limit.

Steven Townley, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had developed a significant alcohol problem and it was doubtful her reading would ever be zero at this time because of an element of topping up.

Mr Townley added: “ She realises she can not continue to drink to such excess as her health is being affected.

“It is going to be a long and difficult road back to sobriety, but she is determine to tread it.”

Kendall-Smith was now getting help from a professional drug agency and going to Alcoholics Anonymous, the court was told.

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