Alcohol addiction counsellor caught drink driving

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Alcohol addiction counsellor caught drink driving

A doctor who provided support to those coping with alcohol addiction has been convicted of 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."