22-month ban for drink-driver who wrecked our Mercedes

Posted on January 14th, 2013 by James Luckhurst

22-month ban for drink-driver who wrecked our MercedesLAST MONTH you may remember we described a late night collision in which a red Mercedes in the care of Good Motoring magazine was wrecked by a young female driver who was found to be over the drink-drive limit.

We have just come back from Reading, where the young lady, 22-year-old Elizabeth Hearne from Yately in Hampshire, was appearing in court.

Magistrates heard how Miss Hearne drove her Ford Ka, with a male passenger,  along the A321 Wagrave Road in Henley, and collided with the red Mercedes C220. Police officers attended the collision, in which no one was injured, and breathalysed Miss Hearne at the scene. She blew a reading of 89 (the measurement is of microgrammes of alcohol per 100 ml of breath), around 2.5 times over the legal limit of 35.

Miss Hearne’s solicitor explained how she had been helping to organise the annual Star Ball, taking place on the night of Saturday 9 December at Henley Rugby Club. On account of running late, she had elected to drive to the event rather than leave her car at a friend’s house. In spite of drinking during the evening, she then decided to drive home, leaving the club at around 1 o’clock on the Sunday morning.

The solicitor added that Miss Hearne had been due to start a job as a teaching assistant in early January, but that a drink-drive conviction would prevent this; therefore she had made herself unavailable for the job and was currently unemployed.

The magistrates imposed a 22-month driving ban on Miss Hearne and ordered her to pay a fine of £145 with £85 costs and £145 victim surcharge.