Drink-driver stopped by cops was just in nightclothes after boyfriend row

A roadside breath test.

A roadside breath test.

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A shopkeeper has been banned from driving after she was found over the drink-drive limit behind the wheel wearing just her nightclothes after a row with her boyfriend.

Margaret Beresford, 46, was stopped by police at 1am on December 12 as part of a Christmas clampdown on drink-drivers, Sunderland magistrates heard.

Prosecutor Paul Anderson said police came across Beresford’s Peugeot 206 in Horsley Road, Barmston, Washington, while carrying out special patrols as part of their seasonal drink-drive campaign.

“They were stopping people, checking to see if they had been drinking,” Mr Anderson said. “There doesn’t seem to be any reason why they stopped the defendant, other than it being 1am, perhaps.

“She’s the only person in the vehicle, she has been drinking, and in due course blows a positive roadside breath test.”

Beresford, of Waskerley Road, Barmston, admitted drink-driving. She had 72 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath – the legal limit being 35.

Beresford, who represented herself in court, said: “I’m just totally so sorry. It’s been the worst time of my life. I’ve never been so embarrassed.

“I was supposed to just go sit in the car to calm down, I’d had a row with my boyfriend and I had my night clothes on, I was just going to the end of the road.”

“I can’t believe how stupid I was I would never, ever think about drink-driving. I don’t know why I did it. I can’t tell you how sorry I am. I ruined my own Christmas, I’ve let my family down, I’ve let my kids down. I’m disgusted. It’s just awful.”

Beresford was disqualified from driving for 17 months. She was also fined £100 and told to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.