Woman crashes into parked car while three times drink-drive limit

Lisa Teale outside Cardiff Magistrates' Court
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A woman crashed while driving at more than three times the alcohol limit. Lisa Teale from Cardiff said it was "the first and last time" she had got behind the wheel after drinking.

The 48-year-old was sentenced at Cardiff Magistrates' Court after drink-driving a Kia Ceed along Beechley Drive in Pentrebane on March 23 when she crashed into a parked car. Prosecutor Alexandra Wilson said no-one was hurt in the crash. When police arrived on the scene Teale took a roadside test showing 137 mcg of alcohol per 100ml of her breath. After being arrested and taken to the police station she blew a lower reading of 113mcg. The legal limit is 35mcg.

Teale, of Briar Close in Fairwater, pleaded guilty to driving with 113mcg of alcohol per 100ml of her breath. In her interview with the probation service she said: "It's the first and last time I've driven while under the influence of alcohol." In a pre-sentence report the probation officer wrote: "She is deeply regretful and upset to be before the court for what appears to be an isolated incident."

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The report added that Teale earns £1,700 a month which she uses to pay rent, car finance, and other bills but has "some disposable income". The probation officer recommended the magistrates impose a 12-month community order with unpaid work and a rehabilitation requirement to address Teale's "thinking skills". Representing herself in court Teale was asked if there was anything she would like to add. "I think I've said everything to probation," she told the magistrates. "I am just extremely sorry."

Teale added she had been able to keep her job after the offence because her "really supportive" colleagues had been giving her lifts to and from work. The magistrates imposed a 26-month driving ban and 12-month community order with 20 rehabilitation days and 100 hours of unpaid work. Teale must pay prosecution costs of £85 and a £114 victim services surcharge. She said she would accept the option of a driver awareness course which could reduce her ban by around a quarter.