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Prison for drink-driver

Prison for drink-driver

Saturday 04 May 2019

Prison for drink-driver


A woman has been sentenced to four weeks in prison and given a three year driving ban for drink-driving with the Magistrate concerned about her "very high reading".

Nicola Chippendale was more than three times the alcohol limit when she got into her car on the afternoon of 5 April.

She had been drinking while working from home and claims she had no intention to drive when she began consuming alcohol.

However, after receiving a call from La Villette Garage about a car part that had arrived she made the "most foolish decision" to drive and collect it.

After smelling alcohol on Ms Chippendale, employees at the garage called Guernsey Police who then went out to look for her car. Officers found the defendant driving her vehicle at about 14:30 along Rue de la Villette in St Martins.

Ms Chippendale initially told the police she had not consumed any alcohol and refused to give a breath sample, leading to her arrest. When she did cooperate, she was found to have 112mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.

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Pictured: The defendant originally refused to give a breath test (file image).

The defendant has no previous convictions and described her experience at the police station as "frightening", "awful" and "horrible".

On sentencing, Judge McKerrell said "once again and far too often" does he need to sentence drink-drivers with a "very high reading".

"A line has to be drawn somewhere," he added. "Whatever the circumstances, you chose to drive."

Since the incident, Ms Chippendale has "sought assistance" and given up alcohol.

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