Woman who hit a tree with her car was over drink drive limit

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A Mansfield area woman was still over the drink drive limit four hours after she crashed a car into a tree, a court heard.

Jodie Al Rekabie, 36 pleaded guilty to driving with more than the legal limit of alcohol in her breath when she appeared at Mansfield Magistrates’ court on Wednesday.

District Judge Jonathan Tafte heard Al Rekabie had been driving her car on Nottingham Road Mansfield at 9am on October 19 when she had swerved to avoid a van.

The court heard Al Rekabie, a travelling saleswoman, had been out at a work event the evening before and still had alcohol in her system.

Police were called and they found the defendant in the back of an ambulance being treated for her injures. A roadside breath test showed her over the limit and a further breath test four hours after the incident showed she had 43 mcg of alcohol in 100 ml of breath.

The legal limit is 35 mcg.

The defence solicitor said Al Rakabie, whose address we are unable to publish for legal reasons, had clipped a van after trying to avoid another driver and she claimed it was not due to being drunk.

She had driven on a main side road into the carriageway when another vehicle had entered the main road.

Her car then clipped a van and her airbag employed.

District Judge Jonathan Tafte said: “It is clear that you were over the legal limit and had you not been the accident could have been avoided. You had a considerable amount of drink the night before shown by you still being over the limit at 1pm some four hours later.”

He fined her £500 with £85 costs and disqualified her from driving for 20 months.