Drink driver found to be more than three times the limit after petrol station staff called police

Staff at a garage forecourt alerted police to a driver who was more than three times the limit.

Sunday, 1st December 2019, 5:33 pm
Updated Sunday, 1st December 2019, 9:29 pm
The case was heard at Teesside Magistrates' Court

Angela Clayton, 54, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol when she appeared before Teesside Magistrates’ Court.

Clayton was at the Esso garage at Wolviston Road, Billingham, when staff became concerned that she was intoxicated.

Lynne Dalton, prosecuting, said the staff called the police shortly before midnight on Monday, November 11.

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Ms Dalton told the court: “They were reporting that Mrs Clayton was driving a Vauxhall and they believed she was intoxicated when she drove off the forecourt.”

Ms Dalton said officers managed to find the car and it was clear to them as soon as they spoke to the defendant that she as intoxicated. When tested she was found to have 122 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, with the limit being 35.

Clayton pleaded guilty to the charge when she appeared before the magistrates.

The prosecutor said Clayton, who has no previous convictions or cautions and by acting this way had ruined her good character.

She said the defendant had pleaded guilty to the charge at the first available opportunity.

There was no mitigating evidence given in court and Clayton, of Billingham’s Cotswold Crescent, was banned from driving for 29 months and given a 12-month community order, including 120-hours unpaid work. She was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £90 surcharge.