Tip-off leads police to Barnoldswick motorist four times drink-drive limit

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A BARNOLDSWICK motorist who was almost four times the legal drink-drive limit smashed into a car and was seen driving erratically, a court heard.

Burnley magistrates were told Rosalie Kershaw (40) had to be helped from her vehicle when police stopped her.

She was unsteady on her feet with glazed eyes and was slurring her speech. She was arrested and taken into custody where tests showed 124 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath - the legal limit is 35. Kershaw told police she had drunk five pints in a pub.

The defendant, of Coates Avenue, had admitted drink driving and failing to stop after an accident, on April 15th. She was given eight weeks in jail, suspended for a year, with a four-week curfew. Kershaw was also banned from driving for 29 months and must pay £85 costs.

Ms Parveen Akhtar (prosecuting) said, about 8-20 p.m., a witness near Great George Street car park in Colne heard a loud bang. He watched as a car left, clipping the kerb.

The onlooker thought the driver might be drunk, approached the vehicle and tried to attract the driver’s attention. She ignored him and drove off. Police were called and saw Kershaw driving erratically towards Barnoldswick. She was stopped and officers could smell alcohol. She had left the car she hit with the rear bumper hanging off.

Mr Richard Taylor (defending) said the offences were totally out of character. She expressed significant remorse for what she had done, feeling “hugely embarrassed”.

He said she had been overwhelmed by personal circumstances. She worked full-time, was the sole carer for her mother and had problems in her relationship. Kershaw had also just changed job. Mr Taylor said the defendant had been under “exceptional stress”.

She had gone to the pub believing her boyfriend would be there. She intended to have a drink and leave, but she wallowed, had more alcohol, left the premises and clipped the car.