A WOMAN who crashed her car into a garden fence following an argument with her partner has been banned from driving for 16 months.
Ann Rowland, 53, of Bracken Close, Broughton, was also fined £110 after she pleaded guilty to driving a motor vehicle when above the legal alcohol limit.
Rowland, who works as a care assistant, had been visiting her partner in Rhos on August 10.
At about 8pm she left the address in Ponciau after a argument with him.
Justin Espie, prosecuting, told Wrexham Magistrates Court that Rowland was then seen reversing erratically in her Ford Escort by a witness who was stood by a garden fence behind the vehicle.
The man had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit by the car as Rowland reversed straight into the fence.
The man then walked over to the front of the car, opened the driver’s door, took the keys out of the ignition and told Rowland: “You are not fit to be driving”. Mr Espie said Rowland then ran off before returning to her partner’s home three hours later where she was found by police and arrested.
When breathalysed at about 11.30pm, she was found to have 66 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, exceeding the legal limit.
Amy Shearer, defending, told the court her client had enjoyed a meal and wine with her partner before the argument took place.
She said that Rowland claimed to have been drinking between the incident and being arrested by police, explaining why the reading would be high.
District judge Andrew Shaw told Rowland that this incident “would most likely cost you your job” but added that she could reduce her ban to 12 months on completion of a driver’s awareness course.
She was also ordered to pay £85 costs to the court and a £20 victim surcharge, leaving costs of £215.