School teacher banned from driving after being stopped by police at Snettisham

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane.
The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane.

A West Norfolk primary school teacher has admitted failing to provide a breath specimen after being stopped by police.

Wendy Poucher, 56, of Smithy Road, Ingoldisthorpe, was fined £500 and banned from driving for a year after pleading guilty to the charge at a hearing in Lynn today.

Josephine Jones, prosecuting, said Poucher had been stopped on Bircham Road, Snettisham on the evening of February 7, following a report of an intoxicated driver.

She smelled strongly of alcohol and told police she had only just finished her last drink, the bench heard.

Miss Jones said Poucher had been arrested after failing to complete a roadside breath test and did not provide samples while in custody either.

Tiffany Meredith, mitigating, said her client had suggested going to the pub with her husband on their way home from work, following a difficult day.

She said Poucher, who had not eaten before being stopped, had underestimated the effect of the alcohol on her.

The court was also told that Poucher had been “quite frightened” after two police vehicles came up behind her before she was stopped.

Miss Meredith added that Poucher had tried to provide samples both at the roadside and the police station, but was not seeking to mount a medical defence.

Poucher was further ordered to pay £85 costs and a £50 victim surcharge. She was offered the chance to shorten her ban by completing a rehabilitation course.