Row with her boyfriend led to Brownsover woman losing her driving licence

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A row with her boyfriend led to a Rugby motorist of previous good character losing her licence for more than two years.

Hayley Amanda Sawkins was seen by police driving a Daewoo Matiz in Hillmorton Road in the early hours without headlights on, a court heard.

Twenty-one-year-old Sawkins, of Birstall Drive, Brownsover, appeared before Nuneaton magistrates on Tuesday October 15 and admitted driving with excess alcohol on Sunday, September 29.

Prosecutor Gez Newsome said police officers saw the vehicle at 2am. They spoke to Sawkins and could smell alcohol on her breath.

A test showed she had 102 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, nearly three times the legal limit of 35mc.

Catherine Brockway, mitigating, said her client had gone into town as she normally does with her boyfriend.

“It is quite normal for her to leave the car in the town. Unfortunately she and her boyfriend had an argument and she decided to go after him.”

Miss Brockway described Sawkins’ decision to drive as “a very serious error of judgment on her part.

“She has walked into court as a lady of good character – she will leave with a record.”

Miss Brockway said what happened was a “one-off situation” and Sawkins was remorseful.

She handed magistrates a letter from her client’s employer and added: “She has been extremely stupid. Her employer believes that it will never happen again. She made a decision. She made a wrong decision.”

Sawkins was fined £200, with £85 costs and £20 victim surcharge. The latter is used to help victims and witnesses of crime.

Magistrates disqualified Sawkins from driving for 26 months but the ban will be reduced by 26 weeks if she successfully completes a drink-driver rehabilitation course by April 15 2015.

Michael Ashcroft told her: “You came very close to the custody level today on a first offence. This is a very serious offence and we have dealt with it accordingly.

“We believe this is going to hurt. It has been a salutary lesson; you have a good record up to this point.”