Bereavement trauma behind woman's drink drive conviction

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The IW Law Courts. Inset, a breathalyser.
The IW Law Courts. Inset, a breathalyser.

A WOMAN whose partner died and a subsequent murder investigation was dropped, cited bereavement trauma when she was caught drink driving.

Sarah Hubbard, 52, was more than three times the drink drive limit when she struck a car on Regent Street, Shanklin, on July 29.

She admitted drink driving at the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court today (Friday).

Liz Miller, prosecuting, said a member of the public filmed her driving away from the car after she struck it.

They shouted at her but she put her finger up and drove off.

Police later found her at her nearby home address on St John's Road, Shanklin.

She gave a breath alcohol reading of 111 when the legal limit is 35.

Barry Arnett, for Hubbard, said the impact on the other car was so minimal she hadn't realised she hit it.

There were four young people standing around the other car, and she gestured to them because they were laughing at her.

Mr Arnett said: "She was with her partner for six years and tragically she lost him in tragic circumstances where they suspected there had been a murder but no criminal proceedings went ahead.

"She found him with significant injuries."

Mr Arnett said Hubbard doesn't have an inherent drink problem but the incident arose from what had happened to her partner.

The probation officer told the court Hubbard had suffered trauma and there was no pattern of offending behaviour.

Hubbard was given a 12-month community order to include ten rehabilitations days and 120 hours of unpaid work.

She was disqualified from driving for two years and must pay £85 costs and a £114 surcharge.