Alcohol addiction counsellor caught drink driving
Dr. Philippa Long appeared before Northampton magistrates court after being caught at the wheel of her Vauxhall Astra three times over the drink-drive limit last February.
She was found out after crashing her car into the wall of a house after downing three glasses of wine. She had nearly reached her destination when her foot slipped onto the accelerator, causing the accident.
The 63-year old self-described 'psychoanalytic psychotherapist' has a long history of helping those with alcoholism. Since the accident she has attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and has received counselling from a social care charity.
Long pleaded guilty to the offence, speaking only to confirm her name, age and address. She was sentenced to a six-month community service order of 60 hours unpaid work, disqualified from driving for two years and also made to pay £85 in court costs and a £60 victim surcharge.
In mitigation, John Josephs, Long's legal representative, said: "This is completely out of character.
"She has never been in trouble before. Dr Long's health has suffered a great deal as a result of this. She realises the situation could have been far more serious. It has been a real eye-opener for her.
"She had intended to go straight home from visiting family when she received a message that her husband had been promoted to a professorship and he invited her to join him.
"She didn't keep track of how much she drank."