A HUNGRY dog prompted a vodka-fuelled woman to drive several miles across Sunderland to buy pet food.
Angela Dover’s Vauxhall Adam was stopped by police during a routine check in Deptford Terrace at 5.50pm on August 27, Sunderland magistrates heard.
She was found to have 99 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath – almost three times the legal limit of 35 microgrammes, prosecutor Janice Bellamy said.
Dover, 49, explained to officers that she was on her way from her home in Peel Street, Hendon, to Pets at Home in Wessington Way – a distance of 3.4 miles – as she was out of dog food.
Probation officer Ian Richardson said: “She had been feeling down for a while and had been drinking vodka in the house when she realised her dog needed some food.
“She foolishly took the decision to drive to the large pet shop in Wessington Way, which is a fair distance from Hendon.”
Dover pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.
Magistrates were told it is not the first time Dover, a former model and dance instructor, has been caught drunk behind the wheel.
The court was told the widow, who has no children but lives with her partner, was banned from driving for two years in 2008 for the same offence.
Susan Grey, mitigating, said: “Mrs Dover never thought she would be in this position again.
“She is really humiliated having to go through questioning and police station procedure again, and having to come to court.
“She was spot-checked by police. She wasn’t driving erratically or fast, there was no problem with her driving.”
Dover was handed an 18-month community order with supervision, and was told to complete the drink-impaired driver programme.
She was banned from driving for three years and told to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.