Coedpoeth drink-driver banned after 'exceptionally sad case'

Published date: 20 March 2014 |
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A WOMAN who drove to the top of a mountain while drunk “in a bid to take her own life”, has been banned from driving for two years.

Sara Jones, of Bryn Gwyn, Coedpoeth had earlier pleaded guilty to driving a vehicle while above the alcohol limit.

Wrexham Magistrates Court heard  dog walkers at Minera Mountain saw a Toyota Rav 4 drive into a ditch.

The witnesses went over to the vehicle and saw the defendant clearly intoxicated, and tried to help her from the car while police were called.

Jones refused to let the handbrake off and tried to continue down the hill, but witnesses placed stones in front of the car to prevent it moving before the police arrived.

Emma Simoes, defending, said: “This is an exceptionally sad case.

“This woman has never troubled the court before and has now experienced being remanded in custody.  

Police feared for her safety.

“She was at such a low ebb in her life, she has problems with alcohol, this was a cry for help.

“Earlier that morning she had gone to get assistance from the drug and alcohol service but was told she was being put on a waiting list. She was that desperate she wanted to take her own life. It has been an extremely sobering experience, she was immediately remorseful and won’t darken the doors of the court again.”

The defence said Jones, 41, is a carer for her mother and is the only person in her family who drives, so a ban would hit her particularly hard. She is getting assistance for her alcohol problems.

Magistrates gave Jones a 12 month community order, a 24 month disqualification from driving and advised her to go on a drink-driving course.

She was also ordered to pay costs of £85, as well as  a victim surcharge of £60.

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