Woman banned from driving after morning crash in Huntingdon as she was over legal alcohol limit


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A woman has been banned from driving little more than a day after she was involved in a crash in Huntingdon.

Emergency services were called to Macbeth Close at 9.20am last Wednesday (February 18) after a head-on crash involving a black Ford Focus and a red Volkswagen Polo.

A woman in her 80s, who was in the Focus, suffered minor injuries in the crash and was taken to Hinchingbrooke Hospital, in Huntingdon, for further treatment.

Sarah Garrod, the driver of the Polo, was arrested on suspicion of driving while over the legal alcohol limit. She gave a breathalyser reading of 61 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit is 35.

The 41-year-old, of Bevan Close, Huntingdon, appeared at Huntingdon Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (February 19), and was disqualified from driving for 17 months.

Garrod was also fined £250 and ordered to pay £85 costs and £25 victim surcharge.

A police spokesman said: “Driving while under the influence of alcohol is completely unacceptable. It can cause serious injury and even death.

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“Members of the public should be aware that the morning after can be just as dangerous as the night before so if you have been drinking into the night, there is a strong chance that you may not be fit to drive the morning after.

“No-one should get in a car with a driver who they know has been drinking alcohol, it simply is not worth the risk.”

INFORMATION: Anyone who suspects someone of drink driving should contact police on 101 or the confidential drink drive hotline on 0800 032 0845 to make a report.