Drink-driving woman caught TWICE in space of a week after 'hitting pothole'

A road in Stone
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A woman was caught drink-driving - twice in the space of a week. Lacey Smith, 26, was seen speeding in a Vauxhall Corsa in Stone Road, Stone, at 9.45pm on March 3.

Prosecutor Sue Hayers told North Staffordshire Justice Centre: "Police illuminated their blue lights indicating for the Corsa to stop. It continued to drive on Stone Road. It turned on to Airdale Road. Police say it struck the kerb. It stopped.

"She identified herself. She volunteered that she had drunk one pint of cider in the evening. She gave a positive roadside breath test and was taken to custody where she was breathalysed and provided a reading of 45 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, against the limit of 35."

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Smith was charged and bailed. But just six days later, at 11.30pm on March 9, witnesses in Stone town centre heard a loud noise.

Miss Hayers said: "It sounded like a vehicle had caught the kerb. Sparks were coming from the vehicle. The car was making a loud noise." The car pulled up. The police were called.

Miss Hayers said: "When she got out of the car they suspected she was drunk. She was stumbling around and was unsteady on her feet. She was slurring her words. She provided a positive roadside breath test and was taken to custody where she was breathalysed and gave a reading of 98 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, against the legal limit of 35."

Smith told police she had been to a pub to collect a television and clean. She had four pints of cider before driving home. She said she hit a pothole when she went round the bend.

Smith, of Poplar Close, Stone, pleaded guilty to two charges of drink-driving. She was banned from the roads for 28 months.

Representing herself, Smith said: "I am so remorseful. I am completely disgusted in myself. I am just so sorry. It has opened my eyes a lot. I have not had a drink of alcohol since."

Magistrates sentenced Smith to a 12-month community order with a rehabilitation activity requirement for 20 days.

She was fined £461 and ordered to pay £170 costs and a £114 surcharge. Her ban will be reduced by 28 weeks if she completes a drink-drivers' rehabilitation course.

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