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Dalston woman admits drink-driving charge

Carlisle Magistrates Court

A woman from Dalston, near Carlisle, has appeared before District Judge Gerald Chalk and admitted drink-driving on August 17.

Miss Tamara Louise Davenport, 23, appeared at the North and West Cumbria Magistrates Court in Carlisle today [TUES].

The court heard how she was stopped by police officers for “poor driving” on Brunswick Street, Carlisle, she failed a breathalyser test and gave an evidential breath-reading at Durranhill Police Station of 62mircg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, almost twice the legal limit of 35mrcg.

Miss Davenport had been with some friends and was on her way home, the owner of the Ford Focus car she was driving had drank more alcohol, so she drove the car, she had drank about two-cans of lager and thought she was well under the drink-drive limit.

The judge was told the defendant worked as a `carer` for people in their own homes and she could now loose her job, she has placed herself in a difficult position said her lawyer, she lives and works in a rural community and without a driving licence she could not travel.

Davenport of Smithfield, Dalston, also pleaded guilty to driving without third party insurance, she honestly thought she was covered the judge was told but a technicality of the insurance, is her age, she had to be 25-years-of-age to be covered on the policy.

The judge imposed a driving-ban for 18-months, imposed a fine of £150 for the drink-driving offence, with a £50 fine for the insurance offence, and court costs of £117 , she was offered the drink-drive rehabilitation course which could reduce her ban by 18-weeks.

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