Health concerns prove costly for Burnham Overy Staithe woman

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Health concerns were playing on the mind of Johanna Howell when she drank a bottle of wine before getting behind the wheel, a court heard.

But the 55-year old drink-driver was caught out when she collided with another vehicle on her way home – half a mile up the road.

Howell, of East Harbour way, Burnham Overy Staithe, appeared before Lynn magistrates yesterday and admitting committing the offence on January 4.

The court heard she had been to the hospital regarding a health condition two days before the incident occurred.

Then on the day, she had been to pick up a prescription from her doctor’s surgery.

Malcolm Savory, representing Howell, said: “Personal difficulties came to some sort of trigger on January 4.”

Driving back from the surgery, she stopped at a shop to buy some milk, when she saw a bottle of wine and thought “I’ve got to have that”, he said.

She drank some of the wine before continuing her drive home, when she collided wing mirrors with another car, and the police were called.

Howell was fined £300, and ordered to pay £115 in costs.

She was also disqualified from driving for 18 months. Mr Savory said the ban will cause her difficulty getting to her doctor appointments.