Woman fined after crashing into bollards in Whiteley

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A WOMAN who crashed into bollards in Whiteley has been fined and banned from driving for a year.

Kerry Irvine from East Sussex was driving a Fiat Punto car, but got lost on her journey to visit friends in the area and collided with the bollards in Rookery Avenue.

A hotel worker watched Irvine stall the car and rev the engine as she pulled away from the car park on November 10 last year. The worker believed the driver was under the influence of alcohol and did not think Irvine knew how to drive so informed the police, prosecutor Giles Fletcher said.

Irvine left the scene of the crash, but was charged with drink-driving after she was found by police.

She failed a roadside breathalyser test with 49 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

She was found to have 110 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, exceeding the prescribed limit of 80 milligrammes.

She admitted driving the car and causing the accident.

No injuries resulted from the accident – but she only had a provisional driving licence.

Irvine pleaded guilty to Fareham magistrates to drink driving, driving without the correct licence and leaving the scene of an accident.

She was disqualified from driving for 12 months, fined £110 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge for drink driving and fined £50.

She was also given three penalty points for driving without the correct licence and fined £110 with eight penalty points for failing to stop at the scene of an accident.