A WOMAN has lost her licence after she admitted drink driving without insurance.

Amy Ellis, of Cefndre in Wrexham, appeared at Wrexham Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old admitted that on May 8 she drove a Renault Clio on Central Road after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion of it in her breath exceeded the prescribed limit.

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She was found to have 60 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the limit being 35.

Ellis also admitted that she drove the vehicle on that occasion without insurance.

Rhian Jackson, prosecuting, told the court that around 3.20am on the day of the offence, police on duty in Wrexham town centre spotted the Renault in a stationary position at a stop light.

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The vehicle's lights were not illuminated, so the officer turned around and followed.

By the time the Renault was pulled over, its lights had been switched on and the driver - Ellis - said she'd driven into town to collect a friend.

A roadside test confirmed she was over the alcohol limit, and checks confirmed she was not insured to drive the car.

Melissa Griffiths, defending, said her client had been using a family member's car on that day and the insurance "hadn't gone through."

The mum-of-three "foolishly" agreed to pick someone up after having a few drinks earlier in the evening and not expecting to have to drive, the court heard.

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Ms Griffiths emphasised that it had not been the manner of her client's driving that alerted police - and that the incident hadn't resulted in any damage, collision or injury.

Jacqueline Jones, chair of the Magistrates, handed down a fine of £120 for each of the two offences and ordered Ellis to pay £85 costs, as well as a £34 victim surcharge.

The defendant was banned form driving for 18 months.

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