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A JILTED wife was caught drink driving after finding out her cheating husband was having an affair with their next-door neighbour.

Scorned Shelley James was told about the love triangle that had been going on under her nose at a get-together at the house of another neighbour in the street.

She had already drank four cans of cider when she heard the crushing news, and was so angry that pals gave her a shot of whisky to try and calm her down.

But the 27-year-old “lost her temper” and went to her love rival’s home and attacked her, before getting in her car and driving to the pub where her deceiving husband was enjoying a drink and assaulted him.

It was on her way back to the marital home that she was stopped by police who had been called to deal with the assault on her husband’s mistress.

Prosecuting, Joanne Hesse said: “It was 10.30pm when the defendant discovered her husband had been having an affair with a neighbour in the street. The defendant had gone to the female’s house and assaulted her and then got into a Vauxhall Astra car and drove along to a nearby pub which is where her husband was, and assaulted him.

“She got back into her car and drove towards her home address. Police saw the vehicle driving along and stopped it and spoke to the defendant.

“She explained to officers what she had discovered, and what she had done.”

Mrs Hesse said James, now a single mum of a six-year-old, was cautioned for the assaults upon her other half and his lover, but was charged with the drink driving after tests showed she had 68 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

She pleaded guilty to the offence from September 24 when she appeared before justices on Monday.

Mitigating, Keith Barrow, said his client had never been in trouble with the law before this incident.

He said: “She had gone to a neighbour’s house where her friends had been drinking for most of the day and were quite drunk when she got there. She had about four cans of cider when one of her friends told her what had been going on and that her husband had been having an affair with the next-door neighbour.

“Clearly, she lost her temper and became upset. One friend gave her a shot of whisky to calm her down.

“She then went to the next door neighbour’s house and assaulted the woman, for which she was cautioned, and then went to a pub about a mile-and-a-half away and she assaulted her husband, for which she received a caution.”

He added: “She was stopped by police not because of her driving, but because of the assault.

“She had no intention of driving and only got in the car because she couldn’t contact her husband by telephone and was so angry and upset about what she’d been told.

“I’d urge you to take into account the unusual circumstances in which this offence happened.”

Chairman of the bench Joan Fenwick banned James, of Islay Road, Owton Manor, Hartlepool, from driving for 12 months, fined her £200 and ordered her to pay £40 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.