Bar worker banned from roads after flipping her car while drunk

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A bar worker has been banned from the roads for almost two years after she flipped her car while twice the drink-drive limit.

Alexandria Gudgeon, 23, had been on her way home in her Suzuki Swift after drinking a bottle of wine when she finished her shift in a Sunderland city centre bar.

Sunderland magistrates heard how police received a call about a crash on Durham Road at 4.40am on April 14.

“The vehicle was found lying on its roof,” prosecutor Glenda Beck said. “Miss Gudgeon was sat on the ground near the vehicle. It was clear she had some injuries.”

Gudgeon, of Bernica Grove, Ingelby Barwick, Stockton, admitted drink-driving after she found to have 173mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood – the legal limit being 80.

Ian Robinson, defending, said the crash had occurred at about 2am, and that when she was discovered Gudgeon was taken to hospital for treatment. Her car was written off as a result.

“Luckily it was 2am. Luckily there was nobody else about,” Mr Robinson said.

“She is only too well aware, as are her parents sat at the back of the court, how a court views a person who is driving motor vehicles whilst intoxicated.”

Chairman of the bench Mr Price said: “This is a really serious offence. You could have been killed yourself. It doesn’t bear thinking about what could have happened.”

Gudgeon was banned for 22 months and told to pay a £130 fine, £85 costs, a £150 criminal courts charge and a £20 surcharge.