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A PENSIONER who thought she would be fine to drive home after three large glasses of wine has been banned from the roads.

Yvonne Tottle had been shopping in Havant when she met up with a friend and went for a drink at the Bear Hotel in East Street.

After drinking the wine over a number of hours the 71-year-old thought she would be under the limit.

But after she left the hotel and got into her Toyota Yaris police received a tip off that she was a drink-driver.

Officers went to her home and were waiting for Tottle when she got there just after 7pm on April 14. A breathalyser test showed she had 99 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath – more than double the legal limit of 35 microgrammes.

Tottle, of Sandpiper Close, Waterlooville, pleaded guilty to drink-driving when she appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

Bridget O’Hagan, defending, said: ‘She felt okay to drive, she clearly wasn’t.

‘She couldn’t believe that she put herself in the position that she had.’

Magistrates banned Tottle from driving for two years. She was fined £125 and told to pay £100 in costs.

Chairman of the bench John Gordon said: ‘Driving with excess alcohol is a very serious offence and I am sure you appreciate that.’