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Essex woman who crashed into Upwell ditch while drink-driving appears in King’s Lynn court

A woman crashed into a ditch after drink-driving following an argument with a friend.

Karen Lark, 61, appeared at Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, pleading guilty to drink-driving.

She committed the offence on June 9 this year, with crown prosecutor Lily Orr telling magistrates that on that date, police were called to Townsend Road in Upwell after reports of a crash.

Karen Lark crashed into a ditch off Townsend Road in Upwell. Image: Google Maps
Karen Lark crashed into a ditch off Townsend Road in Upwell. Image: Google Maps

Lark’s vehicle, a Volkswagen Tiguan, was found in a field at the side of the road after she had crashed into a ditch.

She was subsequently asked to perform a roadside breath test and, after failing, she was arrested and taken into custody.

Lark, who committed a similar offence in October 2018, was later found to have 84mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system. The legal limit is 35mcg.

At the time of her latest drink-drive, she told officers that she had an argument in Heacham before deciding to drive.

In mitigation, George Sorrell expanded on that argument. The solicitor told magistrates that Lark, who lives at Bishopsfield, Harlow, Essex, has suffered “many traumas” after an unhappy marriage came to an end.

This reportedly meant she lost contact with her three children, a “source of extreme anguish to her ever since”, and led to problems with alcohol, Mr Sorrell said.

On the period shortly before her June offence, the solicitor added: “Upon searching the Facebook page on the internet, she found one of her children – her son – had become a young man and understands that his girlfriend is expecting a child.

“This discovery caused her great upset, and the friend she was with told her just to pull herself together, which caused an argument.

“So she went out, she took the car keys and she drove – but she had drank alcohol. I can confirm that since the offence in early June, she has managed to get herself back on track.”

Magistrates, led by Ginny Hutton, were provided with letters from Lark’s employers which detailed their positive endorsements of her, as well as one from the defendant herself.

Due to her previous drink-driving offence, she was disqualified from getting behind the wheel for a period of three years.

She was also fined £346, and ordered to pay £105 in legal costs and a £138 victim surcharge.

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