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King's Lynn woman admits drink-driving along A47

A drink-driver travelling back to Lynn from Norwich was found by police in a lay-by on the A47 between Middleton and East Winch.

A tip-off led to Melissa Louise Daniels being caught over the limit behind the wheel of an Audi A4 on May 19, Lynn Magistrates’ Court heard on Monday.

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. (7872619)
The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. (7872619)

Prosecuting, Jane Walker said the engine was running and Daniels was wearing a seatbelt.

She failed a roadside breath test and was arrested, later blowing 48 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Daniels, 26, of Turbus Road, North Lynn, told police she’d had a couple of pints and had just come from Norwich.

She pleaded guilty to drink-driving and the court was told of a previous conviction for the same offence in 2016.

Daniels, who represented herself in the hearing, said in mitigation that she hadn’t been ready to leave Norwich but a relative of a friend she was with had been rushed into hospital.

She said: “I pulled over as soon as I felt unwell. I was planning to remain in that lay-by. The ignition was on but the engine wasn’t running.

“All I can say is that if I lose my licence I will lose my job and I will lose my house. All I can do is apologise.”

Daniels was disqualified from driving for three years, which can be reduced with successful completion of a drink drivers’ rehabilitation course.

She was fined £350 and told to pay £85 costs, plus a £35 victim surcharge.

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