A drug-driver who was arrested after 'aquaplaning' in Wrexham has been handed a ban and a fine.

Eleanor Doyle, of Fairy Road in Wrexham, appeared at Wrexham Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old admitted that on September 27, on the A5152 in Wrexham, she drove a motor vehicle when the proportion of cannabis in her blood exceeded the specified limit.

Prosecutor Justin Espie told the court that at around 10.30pm on the day of the offence, police received a call about a female drinking at the Cross Foxes pub with her car parked outside.

A short while later, that car was tracked to a location near Bellevue Park.

When officers attended the scene, they spotted the vehicle, apparently colliding with the kerb as the front end "kicked out" into the road.


The driver, Doyle, was tested at the roadside and returned a positive sample for cannabis.

When her blood was analysed, it was found to contain 4.7 microgrammes of cannabis per litre of blood - the limit being 2.

David Matthews, defending, told the court: "The defendant has no previous convictions and was not aware that drug-driving carries a mandatory ban; she was quite upset to learn that this morning.

"She does have mental health issues and has been working her way through them - but uses cannabis on the basis she says she was resolving the symptoms of her problems.

"She's a hardworking person, and has been employed by Moneypenny for three years.

"She relies on her car to go to hospital appointments in Liverpool and Deeside, so will suffer a great deal as a result of the disqualification."

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Mr Matthews said regarding the standard of driving witnessed by the police prior to her roadside test, his client claimed road conditions were poor and she had "aquaplaned."

Deputy District Judge Lee Davies banned the defendant from driving for 12 months.

Doyle must pay a £300 fine, £85 costs and a £120 victim surcharge.