A SUPERMARKET manager’s drink- driving was so bad it terrified another motorist and ended with her crashing into the central reservation of the A64, York Magistrates Court heard.
Louise Ann Robinson was three- and-a-half times the drink-drive limit as she drove towards the coast along the dual carriageway, said Sam Law, prosecuting.
One motorist was so worried by Robinson’s driving, he stopped at the roadside. She had been weaving across the road close behind him and had come up behind him when he tried to get out of her way.
She crashed into the central reservation between Tadcaster and Bilbrough, and was arrested by police. District judge Adrian Lower told her: “It is a matter of complete chance and not skill on your part that others were not injured or worse as a result of you being on the road. It was thoroughly antisocial behaviour, the way you behaved on May 4.”
He gave her a 16-week prison sentence suspended for two years on condition she did 200 hours’ unpaid work. She was banned from driving for three years and ordered to pay a £80 statutory surcharge and £85 prosecution costs.
Robinson, 29, of Birchfields Rise, Leeds, pleaded guilty to drink-driving. Geoff Rogers, representing Robinson, told York Magistrates Court she was branch manager for a High Street supermarket chain, but as she could only reach the store by car, had had to take a lesser and less well paid role at a branch nearer her home.
The accident had been her first in more than 11 years of driving.
She had recently been off work for 15 weeks with depression and had used alcohol to “help” herself.
She had been drinking until 3am the night before her arrest and had had more to drink at 10am.
She had then argued with her partner, who had driven off, and half an hour later she had decided to follow him.
Since the crash, she had been receiving counselling for her alcohol use.