Burnley hospital supervisor’s drink-drive ban

Burnley Magistrates' Court.

Burnley Magistrates' Court.

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A Burnley hospital cleaning supervisor who flipped her car in a drink driving smash, has been banned for 20 months.

Elizabeth Chadwick (49) jumped behind the wheel of her Vauxhall Astra to head off her ex-partner who was trying to get into her Chiltern Avenue home, a court heard.

But the mother-of-one, who had been drinking with a friend, crashed her car which flipped onto its roof on October 19th last year.

The court heard that luckily no-one else was involved in the crash on Slaidburn Avenue and a passer-by helped Chadwick from the wreckage.

She was arrested in nearby Brunshaw Avenue and when blood tested was found with 180mg of alcohol per 100ml blood.

She pleaded guilty to driving a vehicle while above the legal limit, when she appeared before Burnley Magistrates’ Court.

The defendant, who supervises 42 hospital cleaners, was said to have drunk a can of lager and two bottles.

The court was told she had been going through a separation with her partner and on the night she heard he was trying to get access to her home address.

She had been concerned for the safety of her property and made the decision to drive to stop him when she crashed.

Andrew Robinson (prosecuting) said: “She admitted being the driver and had alcohol at a friend’s house.

“She thought she was fit to drive but she did not remember the accident and did not know why her car had turned over.”

Daniel Frazer (defending) said: “She realises the severity of drink driving and the serious consequences that it has. It has had a dramatic effect on her personal life.

“Her work will be affected. She has to attend several hospitals.”

The court was told that the defendant is a regular volunteer carer helping elderly people do household chores and taking them to hospital appointment.

Sentencing, magistrates imposed fines totalling £360 and disqualified her from driving for 20 months.

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