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A Spilsby woman informed police she had been drinking brandy before driving, when she lost control of her car and ended upside down in a field, a court has been told.
Sheila Wairimu Waiya, 25, of Spilsby Meadows, admitted driving with excess alcohol when she appeared before Skegness Magistrates’ Court.
Marie Stace, prosecuting, said that at 1.55am on July 26, police went to a road traffic accident on Mill Lane, Irby in the Marsh, where they found that Ms Waiya’s car had crossed over the dyke and was upside down in the field.
She said that Ms Waiya failed a roadside breath test and at the police station gave a reading of 64 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.
She told police that she had drunk brandy before driving and had lost control of the car on a bend.
Mitigating, Andrea Wilkes said Ms Waiya was a clinical trials specialist at Cambridge and held a Master’s degree.
She said that she and her friends had not eaten that day and had gone out to get something to eat in Skegness when the accident occurred.
She said the car had hit a kerb and turned over on a field but none of the occupants had been hurt.
Ms Wilkes said it was out of character for Ms Waiya to drink and drive.
Last Tuesday, Ms Waiya was fined £325 and ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £32 victim surcharge.
She was disqualified from driving for 20 months but was offered the drink-drivers’ rehabilitation course which would reduce the period of disqualification by five months.