A BROMSGROVE woman was given a 12-month driving ban after pleading guilty to drink-driving at Redditch Magistrates Court on Tuesday (January 26).
Claire Marley, 29, of Hanbury Road, Stoke Prior, became trapped in a silver VW Passatt after it struck a gate post in Shaw Lane, Stoke Prior, on July 25 last year.
Her feet were lodged under the pedals and she was stuck between the driver’s and passenger seat which led to her having to be cut free by firefighters.
She was taken to hospital where a blood test revealed she had 88milligrammes of alcohol in 100millilitres of blood, meaning she was over the drink-drive limit of 80 in 100.
She was interviewed by police about the incident and did not deny she had been driving under the influence of alcohol but could not remember what had happened.
The court heard Marley had been drinking with friends at the Railway Inn in Stoke Prior and she recalled she had tickets to a boxing event.
Aside from that, said defence solicitor Gary Harper, she could not remember anything else.
He added the incident had left her with severe spinal injuries and she now walked with a stick.
He told the court Marley worked as a self-employed horse groom – a job which required a fair amount of driving.
Because of her injuries and because of the ban she would no longer be able to do that.
He pointed out that she was of previous good character.
As well as the 12-month ban, she was also handed a £120 fine, a £20 victim surcharge and ordered to pay £135 costs.