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A young woman was twice the alcohol limit when she overturned her car near the A47 at Tilney All Saints, a court heard.

Police received a call about the incident in Wiggenhall Road at around 5pm on March 31.

The VW Polo was noted to be upside down and the driver was being helped out by passers-by.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (55697401)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (55697401)

Natasha Eastwood, 21, was not injured and walked away over the A47 flyover.

Police spotted her as they approached the scene and noted signs of her having been drinking, prosecutor Hannah Butler told magistrates in Lynn on Thursday.

Miss Butler added: “She said ‘I live at home and I was asked to pick up my brother. My mum didn’t know I was under the influence.’”

Eastwood failed a roadside breath test and was arrested.

She later blew 77 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Miss Butler said the defendant had been taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital to be checked out but refused to be booked in.

“She was polite, courteous and jovial and showed remorse,” the prosecutor added.

Eastwood, who had no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to drink-driving.

In mitigation, solicitor Liz Symonds said her client had some vodka and orange after work.

“Probably a bit more than she thought she had. She didn’t realise she was over the limit,” the solicitor added.

“They’re tiny roads. She moved over and veered into the ditch. She ended up sliding into it.”

Miss Symonds said the defendant was “deeply, deeply embarrassed” by the offence and court hearing.

Eastwood, of High Road, Tilney cum Islington, was banned for 20 months, which can be reduced with completion of a drink-driver rehabilitation course.

She was also fined £184 and ordered to pay £105 costs plus a £34 victim surcharge.



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