Mother of one abandons car after crash while twice the drink drive limit

Stroud News and Journal: Mother of one abandons car after crash while twice the drink drive limit Mother of one abandons car after crash while twice the drink drive limit

A MOTHER-OF-ONE has been banned from driving for 19 months after crashing her car into a fence while twice the alcohol limit.

Demelza Cooper, aged 19, of St George’s Avenue, King’s Stanley, pleaded guilty to drink driving at Stroud Magistrates Court on Monday.

The court heard she had 70 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Magistrates were told how police were alerted to an abandoned Renault Clio near Peter’s Street, Frocester at 5am on Saturday, January 22.

The car had crashed through a fence.

Its owner was identified as Cooper, who had been attempting to drive to her boyfriend’s house in Cam from King’s Stanley, the court heard.

Nick Cooper, for the defence, said his client had got into a telephone argument with her boyfriend while out in Gloucester and wanted to meet up with him.

“Some friends agreed to drive her, however after dropping her off at her house in King’s Stanley they drove off,” said Mr Cooper.

“My client then made the very foolish decision to grab her keys and get behind the wheel of her own car.”

The court heard that Cooper did not remember the crash but recalled getting out of the vehicle, walking to a house and asking for a lift to Cam.

Cooper was also ordered to pay a £110 fine plus £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

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