A DRINK driver was so drunk she nearly fell out of her car.
Police officers following Claire Holden, 28, saw her almost fall from the driver’s seat on to the road as she drove her Vauxhall Corsa erratically towards the city centre.
West Cheshire Magistrates Court was told Holden, of Finchett Drive, Chester, had been drinking after a row with her partner and was found to be more than twice the legal drink-drive limit when stopped by the police.
Sarah Gray, prosecuting, said officers spotted Holden at 1.30am on September 22 in St Oswald’s Way, Newtown.
She said a taxi driver had tipped the police off after he saw the car being driven erratically on Station Road.
Ms Gray said: “Police witnessed this defendant, who was in the driver’s seat of a Vauxhall Corsa, driving eractically and crossing the lines in the road.
“The vehicle was at one point being driven with the driver’s door open and the driver nearly fell out.
“Officers stopped the vehicle and the defendant was breathalised at the scene, and the test failed.”
Ms Gray said a later test showed Holden 74 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.
Holden, a personal care assistant, pleaded guilty to drink driving and admitted she had been “foolish”.
Becky Hay, defending, said it was possible Holden would lose her job if she was banned from driving.
She said: “Miss Holden is extremely remorseful for her actions.
“Miss Holden had argued with her partner and by her own admission she foolishly decided to drive to her parents. She quite clearly should not have been driving and she is very sorry.
“Miss Holden works as a personal care assistant and is highly skilled and very well thought of in her role. She needs to drive as part of her duties.”
Magistrates banned Holden from driving for 20 months but offered her the chance to attend a drink driving awareness course which could reduce the ban.
She was also fined £350 and was ordered to pay £85 costs and a £35 victim surcharge.