King's Lynn hospital staff tipped off police about 'drink-driver'
Staff at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital tipped off police when a 65-year-old woman who smelt of drink made her way to the car park.
Wendy Stevenson had been to visit her terminally-ill husband, Lynn Magistrates’ Court was told on Monday. By the time police arrived, Stevenson was in her car, having been stopped by hospital staff after driving off.
Prosecuting, Jane Walker said a roadside breath test gave a reading of 83 micrograms in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35, although a roadside test cannot be used as evidence.
Stevenson, of Wootton Road, Gaywood, was arrested for drink-driving. However, in custody, despite being given “numerous” chances, she failed to provide a specimen for analysis. She pleaded guilty to the April 21 offence.
In mitigation, Ruth Johnson said Stevenson’s husband is in a care home but was in QEH at the time of the incident.
“She received a phone call and was told to get there urgently. She did get to the hospital,” said Miss Johnson. “The hospital had its concerns that this woman smelt of drink, was unsteady on her feet and slurring her speech.
“What Wendy Stevenson has said to me is that this has been an incredibly difficult time and she has not dealt with it well. Alcohol is an issue - it’s getting her through.
“She tells me ‘I just couldn’t provide [the breath test]. I managed to do the one at the roadside'.”
Stevenson was banned from driving for 16 months, which can be reduced with successful completion of a drink-drivers’ rehabilitation course.
She was also fined £300 and told to pay £85 costs and £30 victim surcharge.