Fifty five-yard drink-driver spared ban


Fifty five-yard drink-driver spared ban

A Stockport woman caught drink-driving has been spared a driving ban after it emerged she moved her vehicle just 55 yards.

Bar and restaurant owner Janice Wright had driven her white BMW from outside her ex-husbands house in a quiet cul-de-sac before parking it around the corner and getting into her son's car as a passenger.

However, police had been tipped off and his white Seat Ibiza was pulled over shortly after.

48-year-old Wright was breathalysed and found to be two-and-a-half times over the legal drink-drive limit.

She escaped a driving ban after her barrister Brendan O'Leary – who works with famed layer Nick 'Mr Loophole' Freeman – submitted an application that she had only driven a short distance.

Addressing Stockport Magistrates' Court, O'Leary said: "The 20th March was not a particularly pleasant evening for Miss Wright.

"She took a decision to go to Mr Wright's house which wasn't a wise one in hindsight.

"She thought the car was going to remain there overnight and she thought it may come to some harm. She will have this conviction on her record. She is a licensee so consequences may flow from that."

Chairman of the bench Kate Boutintou accepted that the car had only been driven a very short distance, very late at night with minimal chance of her coming into contact with other road users.

She also admitted that there was no evidence Wright had driven her car in an improper manner.

Wright was fined £600 and ordered to pay £350 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

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