Grieving daughter caught drink driving

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A woman who drowned her sorrows after laying flowers at the grave of her mother and grandmother has admitted drink driving.

Lynn Kay was found to be more than three times the legal drink drive limit after crashing her blue Audi into a parked car on Vista Road, Haydock, on December 20.

St Helens Magistrates’ Court heard how police stopped the car at about 1.30pm after Kay, 43, collided with a parked car at a set of traffic lights.

Angela Blackmore, prosecuting, said officers suspected the defendant had been drinking and asked her to do a roadside breath test - which proved positive.

When she provided a more detailed reading at the police station she was found to have 127 microgrammes of alcohol in her system per 100ml of breath.

The drink drive limit is just 35.

Chris Bivan, defending, asked for his client, who has no previous convictions, to be given full credit following her early guilty plea and co-operation with the police.

He told how Kay had posted her estranged father’s Christmas card that morning before laying flowers at the graves of her mother and grandmother.

Upset, she then drank “most, if not all” of a bottle of vodka before getting back behind the wheel of her car.

Mr Bivan said Kay, of Gray Avenue, Haydock, had not drunk or driven since.

District Judge Ian Lomax admitted that the crash sounded like a minor accident but said Kay had put others at risk.

He said: “Laying flowers at Christmas time is an emotional experience but it should have been a sobering experience - not a trigger for you to consume alcohol.

“Clearly emotions got the better of you. But that’s not an excuse for putting other people at risk.”

District Judge Lomax sentenced her to 35 days in prison, suspended for 12 months, and banned her from driving for three years.

He also ordered her to pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.