Delivery driver caught over the limit was ‘fed up with men’

Burnley Magistrates Court.
Burnley Magistrates Court.
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A Pendle delivery driver who owned up to drink-driving excess alcohol told police she was fed up with men, a court was told.

Single mother of-two Anne Louise Penman (37) had been found sitting in her stationary Vauxhall Astra at 5-05am.

The lights were on, the hazard warnings were flashing and the engine was running.

Both the air bags had been deployed and Penman told an officer: “I’ve been drinking. I’ve been driving. I’m p***** off with men.”

Burnley magistrates heard how Penman handed the car key to the police.

She was unsteady on her feet, her speech was slurred and she smelled heavily of alcohol.

Penman was arrested and taken to the town’s police station, where she was found to have a small bag of cocaine. She blew 77 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

The defendant, of Edmondson Street, Barnoldswick, admitted driving with excess alcohol, on Park Way, Colne, on Saturday, April 23rd.

Penman, who had no previous convictions, had been cautioned for possessing the drug.

She was fined £160, with a £30 victim surcharge and £85 costs and was banned from driving for 20 months.

Deanne McGinty, in mitigation, said Penman was going to lose her livelihood and that would have a detrimental effect on her household. The defendant was very remorseful, added the solicitor.

Miss McGinty told the hearing the defendant believed she may have argued with a man at a friend’s house and left and added: “She believes she may well have driven a short distance down the street.

The solicitor added: “She has punished herself in relation to this incident as she is going to lose her job.”