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Penrith care worker banned for drink-driving

Carlisle Magistrates Court

A Penrith woman has appeared at Carlisle Magistrates Court charged with a drink-driving offence which occurred on 24 November, 2018.

District Judge Gerald Chalk was told a witness informed police of a silver Toyota Avensis being driven erratically around Penrith and was concerned about the driver.

The car stopped on White Ox Lane, Ms Anna Gumna, 50, of Mayburgh Avenue, Penrith was seen to get out of the driver’s side of the car, a witness told police she was unsteady on her feet.

When officers went to her home address, she smelt of alcohol and was arrested, a breathalyser test showed she had 81-microgrammes of alcohol in 100-millilitres, over twice the legal limit of 35mg.

Sara Budniak defence lawyer explained that her client drank some more alcohol at home before the officers arrived, however after accepting expert advice about the alcohol reading she pleaded guilty.

The judge was told she works as a carer and visits the clients in their homes.

Ms Gumna would not have driven if she thought she was over the limit, it seems an accumulation of drink from the night before said her lawyer.

Gumna pleaded not guilty in court in April, but today [Thursday] she changed her plea to guilty before a trial was to be held.

The judge imposed a driving ban of 20-months with a fine of £440, plus prosecution costs of £400 and a victims surcharge of £44, she was offered the drink-drivers rehabilitation course which could reduce her ban by 20-weeks.

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