Leeswood drink-driver drove wrong way around roundabout

Published date: 03 December 2013 |
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A DRINK-DRIVER almost collided with a police car when she went the wrong way around a roundabout.

Business development manager Susan Maria Mayers, 53, was found to be twice the drink-drive limit.

A court heard it was a complete mystery how she was behind the wheel in the first place.

Her last memory was having a drink and settling down for an evening at home.

Her next memory was going the wrong way around the Wylfa roundabout in Mold.

She turned off into a nearby garage to get off the roundabout and parked in the car wash area.

Mayers, of Stable Cottage, Leeswood Hall, Leeswood, admitted driving her Fiat Punto with 74 microgrammes of alcohol in her breath on November 9. The legal limit is 35.

She also admitted careless driving on the A541 Chester Road.

At Flintshire Magistrates Court she was banned from driving for 18 months and fined £400, plus £125 costs.

Prosecutor Justin Espie told the Mold court it was a Saturday evening and an officer on patrol almost collided with Mayers who was travelling the wrong way around the roundabout.

She then turned off to the Esso Garage and parked up in the jet wash section of the forecourt.

She admitted drinking a bottle of wine and gave a positive breath test.

Interviewed, she said she got home at about 3pm, watched a film and had four glasses of white wine.

The next thing she recalled, Mr Espie said, was driving the wrong way around the roundabout.

Mayers was visibly upset when interviewed, the court was told.

Damien Sabino, defending, said his client was a business development manager who travelled all over the country.

It was a responsible job by a woman with a good work ethic who had no previous convictions.

Her husband was an electrician and it may be that he would be able to help drive her.

It was not the highest breath test reading the court would deal with, she was not on any medication, and she intended to visit her doctor because of her lapse of memory, Mr Sabino said.

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