Drink-driving woman from Wrexham given 22-month ban

Published date: 28 January 2014 |
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A WOMAN who drove home after drinking vodka at a New Year party with a three-year-old child in the car has been disqualified from driving for 22 months.

Beata Zrebio, 26, was picked up by CCTV operators in Wrexham shortly after 2.30am on January 1 after she was seen driving her Volkswagen Passat down a road in the centre of the dividing line.

Tracey Willingham, prosecuting, told Wrexham Magistrates Court Zrebio was then followed by police officers who saw her driving down Mold Road in a similar manner.

The car stopped outside the block of flats where Zrebio lives, on Primrose Way.

When police went over to the car they saw there was a three-year-old child in the front passenger seat and Zrebio’s partner was in the back seat.

Police officers asked her to provide a roadside breath test, which returned a reading of 78 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. This was more than twice the legal limit of 35 microgrammes.

It was also discovered she was driving without insurance or a valid MOT certificate.

Emma Simoes, defending, said Zrebio had been at a New Year’s Eve party where she drank three glasses of vodka. She said she planned to get a taxi home, but the wait for taxis was too long.

“There was no other road users on the road thankfully and no pedestrians,” said Miss Simoes.

She said Zrebio believed she was below the drink-drive limit.

As well as banning Zrebio for driving while over the drink-drive limit, magistrates fined her £110 and a further £110 for driving without insurance.

For driving without due care and attention her licence was endorsed, but no separate penalty was made for driving without a valid MOT certificate.

She was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a £20 victim surcharge.

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