Woman's afternoon drink-driving level leaves magistrate 'staggered' as he issues ban
A magistrate has described a woman's drink drive reading as "staggering", saying it was the highest level he's seen in his 20 years in court.
Mr Nicholas Powell made the comment when he sentenced a woman whose afternoon breath test was more than four-and-a-half times the legal limit.
Welshpool Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday how police received reports of a woman passed out in a car on July 7. A Vauxhall Meriva matching the description was seen at Poundstretcher in Newtown but left.
Officers then found Susan Vincent in Llanfair Road where she was slurring her words, smelt of alcohol and had glazed eyes.
After being arrested at 2.23pm, a breath test at Newtown police station just over an hour later recorded a result of 160 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.