Whalley woman (55) caught drink driving in the afternoon

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A WHALLEY woman seen driving a silver Mercedes off the Sainsbury’s car park in Clitheroe on a Tuesday afternoon was later found to be more than three-and-a-half times the legal drink-drive limit.

Blackburn magistrates heard the court had previously ordered a pre-sentence report on Susan Reed (55) and the presiding magistrate said this showed she was in “complete denial” about the consequences of her actions.

“The report suggests you see your own need for alcohol as coming before the safety of others on the road and that is a very selfish attitude,” said the presiding magistrate.

Reed, of Clitheroe Road, Whalley, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol. She was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison suspended for 18 months, made subject to community supervision for 18 months, banned from driving for three years and ordered to pay £85 costs.

Mr Scott Ainge (prosecuting) said police were made aware of a possible drink-driver and saw Reed drive off the car park.

She gave a breathalyser reading of 127 against the legal limit of 35.

Mr Jonathan Taylor (defending) said his client, who had no previous convictions, had let herself down.