Court bans drink driver

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A WOMAN who claims to have been tortured by neighbours has been banned from the roads for 16 months.

Clare White was at the scene of a disturbance in Irvine Road, at Owton Manor, in Hartlepool, when police were called.

The 40-year-old was in a distressed state and admitted she had driven to the scene.

But her actions put her in breach of the law as she was over the legal drink drive limit.

Prosecuting, John Garside told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court: “On Friday, June 20, police were called to a disturbance in Irvine Road.

“The defendant was spoken to by officers, and when talking to her it became apparent that she’d driven to that address prior to the police arrival.

“She was in an emotional state and was indicating that she’d been having problems with the neighbours and had driven to the location to look after her property.

“It was suspected that she had been drinking.”

Breath tests showed that White, who lives in Barton Avenue, off Oxford Road, in Hartlepool, had 58 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

White –who was of previous good character with no previous convictions recorded against her – pleaded guilty to driving while over the legal alcohol limit on June 20.

She represented herself in court and told justices that some people living nearby to her property in Irvine Road had caused her no end of problems.

She said: “I have never done anything like this before.

“These people have made my life hell.

“I’ve lost my house and job over them, I’ve lost everything basically.

“It’s all been reported to the police.

“All sorts has happened, they have basically been torturing me like smashing my windows, saying things about me on Facebook.

“I just snapped and I couldn’t take any more of it.”

White added: “i’ve worked all my life as well and it’s only since all of this that I don’t.

“I’ve never been unemployed in my life.”

Chairman of the bench Doreen Goode banned White from getting behind the wheel for 16 months.

She also ordered her to pay a £110 fine, £50 costs and a £20 victim surcharge – a total court bill of £180.