Three-year ban for drink-driver

A KIMBOLTON motorist who was nearly four times the legal drink-drive limit when she crashed into another vehicle has been banned from driving for three years. Restaurant manager Yvonne Hoppe, 34, must also serve 100 hours community service after her Fiat

A KIMBOLTON motorist who was nearly four times the legal drink-drive limit when she crashed into another vehicle has been banned from driving for three years.

Restaurant manager Yvonne Hoppe, 34, must also serve 100 hours community service after her Fiat Bravo collided with a car as she turned into Stow Road, Spaldwick, on June 25.

On Thursday, Huntingdon Magistrates' Court was told Hoppe had drunk two bottles of wine and had initially claimed the other car had hit her.

John Nooijen, prosecuting, said: "As a restaurant manager, she admitted she knew the legal limit was one glass of wine but after a row with her husband she got into her car and drove away. She admitted driving the vehicle and admitted drinking two bottles of wine."

The crash happened just before 11pm as Hoppe drove back towards her home in Constable Leys.

Police breathalysed Hoppe and found she had 135 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. The drink-drive limit is 35 microgrammes.

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Ian Caunt, defending, said: "My client is very, very sorry for what happened. She had a clean licence before this incident and has contacted drinking centres herself to seek help.

"She is going to lose her job as a result of this incident as she also holds a liquor licence."

Magistrate Rosemary Parsons said: "It is a long ban but the breathalyser result was a very, very, high reading."

Hoppe's driving ban was backdated to June 29 when she entered her guilty plea. She was offered the option of completing a drink-drive rehabilitation course to reduce the ban by nine months and was ordered to pay court costs of £50.

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