AN ELLESMERE Port woman has lost her licence after she was caught more than double the drink-drive limit.

Yasmine Thom, of Overpool Road in Great Sutton, appeared at Mold Magistrates Court on Thursday.

The 27-year-old admitted that on October 29, she drove a Porsche motor vehicle on Chester Road West in Queensferry after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion of it in her breath exceeded the prescribed limit.

Prosecutor Rhian Jackson told the court that at around 1.30am, police on the A494 at Deeside spotted the defendant, who appeared to be driving in excess of the speed limit.

She was also drifting between lanes without indicating.

After she took the Queensferry off slip, Thom was seen slamming on the brakes at red lights.

When the police stopped her, they immediately formed the opinion she was intoxicated.

Thom smelled strongly of intoxicants and was swaying, despite being sat down.

There were two passengers in the car.

In custody, she gave an evidential reading of 77 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the limit being 35.

During her police interview, she said she'd been to a Halloween party in Hawarden and had driven there.

She planned to stay there the night with her daughter and had been drinking gin from around 9pm.

The court heard she'd been dropping her friend home when she was pulled over, and was "gutted" about what had happened.


Melissa Griffiths, defending, said: "She split up with her boyfriend a month ago and that's had a profound effect on her.

"She wasn't really dealing with the situation properly.

"She is absolutely devastated at what she has done and can't explain why she did it."

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Ms Griffiths said her client had been working for the last five or six years running her own mobile beauty business and will now not be able to travel to her clients' homes.

"She understands she's to blame," she added, "and has lost her good name.

"She was very tearful when she gave me instructions."

District Judge Gwyn Jones handed down a fine of £400 and ordered Thom to pay a £160 victim surcharge, as well as £85 costs.

She was banned from driving for 20 months.