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Coedpoeth drink-driver was intending to kill herself

Published date: 28 February 2014 |
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A WOMAN drove to the top of a remote mountain, drank a bottle of sherry and intended to kill herself by driving off the mountain, a court heard.

But Sarah Jones, of Bryn Gwyn, Coedpoeth, drove into a ditch and was helped by a couple walking their dog.

They put Jones, 41, safe in the car but she tried to let off the hand-brake for the car to run down a hill.

But they stopped the vehicle and built a barricade with stones to prevent the vehicle running off.

Police arrived and arrested her and found she had 107 microgrammes of alcohol in her breath, compared to the legal limit of 35.

Jones, admitted drink-driving at Minera Mountain on Wednesday.

District Judge Gwyn Jones, sitting at Flintshire Magistrates Court yesterday, imposed an interim driving ban and bailed her pending sentence next month.

Jones drove to the mountain at about 5pm.

Two walkers saw her drive into a ditch and helped get her out.

She smelt strongly of alcohol and they put her to sit in the car, but she let off the handbrake and the vehicle started to roll down Minera Hill.

The witnesses were able to stop the car, Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, said.

They then made a barricade behind the car with stones.

Interviewed, Jones said she had numerous issues, felt down and had been seeking help from the drug and alcohol service.

She wanted assistance with withdrawal from alcohol, they could not assist her and she drank a can of lager “to stop the shakes”.

Her intention had been to kill herself by driving off the mountain.

While on the mountain she drank a bottle of sherry and everything was then a blur.

She did not remember driving into the ditch but recalled a couple with a dog who had come to her rescue.

Jones said she was extremely ashamed. She was on medication for depression and other matters and knew she should not mix them with alcohol.

Emma Simoes, defending, said her client would benefit from an alcohol treatment programme, but the probation service wanted time to do a full pre-sentence report on her.

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