POLICE were called following concerns that a drunken woman who had just got out of a taxi had driven off in a car.
The taxi driver, who had dropped June Anne Cambridge off followed her, until police arrived and stopped her in Stockton Street, Hartlepool.
The 50-year-old, of the town’s Raby Road, admitted being over the limit after driving with 126 milligrammes of alcohol in 100ml of blood on April 8. The legal limit is 80.
A court heard she stands to lose her job following her conviction.
Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard that Cambridge had been in an abusive relationship and she had gone off in the car as she “wanted answers” from her ex-partner.
Prosecutor Joanne Hesse told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court: “Police received reports of a female who was drunk having been dropped off by a taxi get into a motor vehicle and drive off just after 1.15am.
“The taxi driver then followed the defendant until the police arrived and stopped the defendant on Stockton Street.
“On speaking to the defendant, officers could smell alcohol on her breath and the defendant subsequently failed a roadside breath test and was arrested.”
Stuart Haywood, mitigating, said Cambridge had been in a relationship where there was “some degree of domestic violence” and she had been treated for depression.
He added: “Unfortunately last year she was the subject of an assault, not at the hands of an ex-partner, but of a friend of his.”
He said no further action was being taken against the alleged perpetrator and Cambridge had been “left in a particularly vulnerable position”.
He added that since the alleged attack, Cambridge had been subjected to “mental abuse”, with texts suggesting she and her ex-partner should get back together and then being left again.
Mr Haywood said: “She had had a drink and was upset and really felt she needed answers.
“She accepts she made completely the wrong decision to get into the car.”
Chairman of the magistrates’ bench Christine Mulgrew disqualified Cambridge from driving for 12 months and gave her a £110 fine, with £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.