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Downham Market woman avoids prison sentence after drink-driving in West Winch

A woman has avoided a prison sentence after drink-driving in April.

Isabel Rowe, 33, of London Road in Downham, appeared at Lynn’s Magistrates’ Court on Thursday to be sentenced after a first hearing back in June.

On April 24, police were called by a member of the public after a Mini Cooper was seen driving “all over the road” on the A10 at West Winch.

Rowe was seen swerving on the A10 at West Winch
Rowe was seen swerving on the A10 at West Winch

Prosecutor Paul Brown said that Rowe was seen getting out of the car and looking “unsteady on her feet”.

Officers arrived at the scene and a breathalyser test came back with a reading of 126mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath, the legal limit to drive being 35mcg.

A reading this high passes the custody threshold and a pre-sentence report was carried out to decide how best to sentence Rowe.

In mitigation, Elizabeth Symonds said that Rowe “fully cooperated at the scene” and that she has “taken the matter into her own hands in helping herself”.

Magistrates decided not to send Rowe to prison but instead disqualified her from driving for 30 months.

She was also given an 18-month community order and was ordered to complete 25 rehabilitation activity days and wear.

Rowe was also ordered to wear an alcohol abstinence tag for 90 days and pay £105 in court costs and a victim surcharge of £114.

Speaking on behalf of the three magistrates, William Hush said: “You did just about edge into the custody threshold.”

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