Florist loses license for two years after admitting drunk driving

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A FLORIST who was nearly three times the drink-driving limit when she was stopped on the A65 near Chelker Reservoir has lost her license for two years and must also complete 100 hours of unpaid work.

Prosecutor Nadine Clough said police were alerted to the defendant, Grace Wilson, 38, of Scothern Close, Barnoldswick, by a member of the public who said it was possible a driver on the A65 near Drafton is under the influence of alcohol. April 17 this year.

Police saw the Toyota Yaris stopped at a roundabout at 12:15 a.m. Wilson was on the scene and was unsteady on his feet. There was damage to one of the car’s wheels.

She was found to have 99 micrograms of alcohol in 100 milliliters of breath. The legal limit is 35 micrograms.

The bench was told that Wilson had gone out with her boss at Ilkley during the afternoon and evening and that her friend had left.

Skipton magistrates heard the trio went out around Ilkley at 3pm, then returned to their boss around 10pm and spent the night there.

Her friend had woken up alarmed that the boss, whom she did not know, had locked the doors of the house.

Wilson’s representative, Mo Hussain said his client got into a fight with her friend. She had made the reckless decision to drive home after not having the money for a taxi.

The court heard that her friend refused to get into her car and followed her in a taxi.

Probation officer Andrew Watson, who prepared a reserve report, said Wilson told him she did not drink regularly, perhaps once or twice a year and on special occasions. She was remorseful and regretted her actions and it was deemed that there was a low risk of reoffending.

The single mother of a 15-year-old son was also training as a spiritual healer and suffered from anxiety.

She worked part-time as a florist in Ilkley and was at risk of losing her job due to the practical difficulties of getting there.

Along with the ban and the 12-month community order, magistrates ordered Wilson to pay a £95 surcharge and £85 court costs.

She could reduce her 24-week driving ban if she successfully completes a drink-driving rehabilitation course by September 19, 2023.

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