Driver banned after crashing over the limit

A woman who crashed her car into a lamp-post while more than double the drink-drive limit has been banned from the roads.

Kelly Conley, from Wallsend, was making a late-night visit to a friend’s house when the accident happened on the A19 in Jarrow.

She was spotted by police near her car at the scene and arrested after failing a roadside breath test.

The 30-year-old admitted driving with excess alcohol when she appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Janice Bellamy, prosecuting, said; “At 11.40pm police were called to the A19 in Jarrow.

“A Ford Focus had crashed into a lamp-post. The defendant had got out of her car and was 100 metres away when she was spoken to by a police officer.

“Conley recorded a reading of 74mcg of alcohol in breath – more than two times over the legal limit of 35mcg.”

Stephen Moore, defending, said: “She has described the last 12 months as her year from hell.”

Conley, of Hadrian Wynd, Wallsend, was given a 20-month driving ban, fined £110 and will pay a total of £255 in costs.