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Woman, 83, admits drink-driving following crash near Fakenham

By Lynn News Reporter

Court report (6695278)
Court report (6695278)

A court has heard how an 83-year-old drink-driver caused a head-on crash near Fakenham, which left a motorcyclist with serious injuries.

Lynn magistrates heard today that Maureen Patricia Corrigan's Skoda Fabia crossed double white lines into the opposite carriageway and collided with a van and motorbike travelling in the opposite direction.

Prosecutor Victoria Bastock said the incident happened on the A1065 at Hempton just before 4pm on September 28 last year.

She added: "The rider of the motorcycle suffered a fractured right hip, punctured lung, fractured wrist and a cut to the head."

Corrigan gave a positive roadside breath test and was arrested. A later evidential test showed she had 96 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80.

Miss Bastock said it was Corrigan's second drink-driving offence, following a previous conviction in 2004.

Retired nurse Corrigan, of Stanhope Road, Bircham Tofts, pleaded guilty to drink-driving.

Ruth Johnson, mitigating, said her client had been drinking white wine earlier in the day and used the car to complete her final task of a list of things to do.

She said: "She hadn't necessarily appreciated the amount of alcohol she had had.

"The error she made on the bend resulted in extremely unfortunate injuries for which she has deep regret.

"It's caused her an enormous amount of stress and trauma. To say she is mortified is an understatement."

Miss Johnson said, after retirement in 1996, Corrigan had continued in a caring role and was hoping to carry on with that.

Corrigan was disqualified from driving for 14 months, which can be reduced by 14 weeks with successful completion of her second drink-drivers' rehabilitation course.

She was fined £440 and told to pay £85 costs and £44 victim surcharge.

Passing sentence, chairman of the bench Bill Hush told her: "We have avoided the temptation to say it was an unfortunate accident because you have experience of drink-driving, albeit 15 years ago.

"Given your background as a healthcare worker you perhaps should have had a bit more regard for the public."

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