A woman caught driving while more than three times the drink limit had been banned twice before for similar offences, a court heard this week.
Oonah Boon, 57, of Castle Road, Wormegay, was given a 12 month community order, with 20 days’ rehabilitation activity, after pleading guilty to a single charge of drink-driving during a hearing in Lynn on Monday.
She was also banned from driving for four years and four months.
Despite a request by her solicitor, magistrates declined to offer her the chance to attend a rehabilitation course that would reduce the length of her ban if successfully completed.
The court heard police had seen her driving a Mini car on the evening of February 10, when she stopped in Denny’s Walk, Narborough.
A police officer who spoke to her noticed she smelled strongly of alcohol and administered a roadside breath test, which proved positive.
Later samples showed she had 116 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.
Prosecutor Fergus Harold also told the bench Boon had previous convictions for failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis in 2008 and drink-driving in 2009, meaning the minimum ban that could be imposed was one of three years.
Ruth Johnson, mitigating, said Boon was “acutely aware” of her predicament and submitted several character references on her behalf.
She said she had also attended an assessment with the Norfolk Recovery Partnership, adding: “She is a lady who is trying to do what she can to assist herself.”
Probation officers said she was “very aware” of the risks her behaviour had posed both to herself and other road users.
Boon was further ordered to pay £85 costs, plus an £85 victim surcharge.