A PSYCHIATRIST was more than three times the limit when she was breathalysed after a collision with another car on Walkley Hill, Stroud, on January 21 this year.

At a hearing at Cheltenham Magistrates Court on Friday, June 26, Dr Deborah Staite, 49, of Butterow West, Stroud, pleaded guilty to driving a grey Vauxhall Viva while over the drink drive limit.

She also admitted driving without a valid licence and having no insurance.

The doctor was banned from driving for five years and given an 18 weeks suspended jail sentence.

Prosecutor Graham Dono told the court last Friday that Staite had been involved in a collision with an oncoming blue Skoda at 5.30pm on Jan 21.

“The police were called to the traffic collision on Walkley Hill in Stroud. Both drivers were subjected to a roadside breath test and Staite’s result indicated she was more than three times the drink-drive limit,” he said.

“She had a reading of 116 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.”

The court was told that Dr Staite had been convicted of a similar offence in 2015 and that she had not applied for a new driving licence since her disqualification expired.

The judge ordered Dr Staite to attend a six month alcohol treatment requirement and 20 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

She was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £128 and court costs of £85.

Dr Staite was also disqualified from driving for five years from the date she first pleaded guilty, February 6.