Suspicious girlfriend found guilty of drink driving

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A suspicious mind proved costly for a 29-year-old Blackburn nurse.

The town’s magistrates heard she suspected her boyfriend was cheating on her and after a night out with work colleagues “foolishly” got in her car to drive to his home in Clitheroe and try and catch him out.

Tara Leatherd was breathalysed after losing control of her car when a deer ran out in front of her and was found to be nearly three times the legal limit.

Leatherd, of The Dene, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol. She was fined £625 and ordered to pay £150 criminal court charge, £85 costs and £63 victim surcharge and banned from driving for two years.

Catherine Allan, prosecuting, said police responded to a report of a car down an embankment near the Petre roundabout on the A59 at 5-10 am. Leatherd was present and admitted she had been the driver.

Leatherd told police she had been out in Darwen and had then got a taxi home.

“In her words she ‘stupidly’ got into her car to drive to her boyfriend’s home in Clitheroe,” said Miss Allan. “She said she thought he was cheating on her and she wanted to catch him.”

Jonathan Taylor, defending, said Leatherd was extremely remorseful for what had been a moment of madness. He said she had been on a works do.

“When she got home, as a result of a telephone conversation with her boyfriend in the taxi, she made the foolish decision to drive to Clitheroe,” said Mr Taylor. “At some point something, she believes it was a deer, ran out in front of her and she veered off the road.