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Pentney woman Charlotte Brown in King’s Lynn court after drink-driving at Swaffham





A woman was found slumped over the steering wheel of her car while nearly three times the drink-drive limit.

Charlotte Brown, 30, of Back Road in Pentney, appeared at Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday. She pleaded guilty to drink-driving.

Crown prosecutor Colette Harper told magistrates that shortly before 5am on October 7, police received a 999 call from a member of the public who suspected that Brown was driving while under the influence.

Charlotte Brown was nearly three times the legal drink-drive limit. Picture: iStock
Charlotte Brown was nearly three times the legal drink-drive limit. Picture: iStock

Officers subsequently attended the A1065 at Swaffham, where they found Brown slumped over the steering wheel of her Seat Leon.

She attempted to exit the vehicle via the passenger door, and police assisted her in doing so. While being placed in handcuffs, Brown said she had drank “a few pints that night”.

She failed a roadside breath test and was arrested. While in custody, evidential tests revealed she had 98mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system – nearly three times the legal limit of 35mcg.

Magistrates, chaired by Alan Hayes, disqualified her from driving for 24 months.

She was also fined £461, and will pay £105 in legal costs and a £184 victim surcharge.

Mitigating, duty solicitor George Sorrell said that Brown – a self-employed painter and decorator – co-operated fully with police following her offence.

“Luckily there was no accident, but the thing that aggravates it was the reading,” he said.

“Yes, she was drinking the night before – she doesn’t normally do that sort of thing, but it was a special occasion.

“The disqualification is going to complicate her life a lot.”



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