Worker fears for her job after drink-driving conviction

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A GENTOO worker has been banned from the roads for drink-driving after police turned up at her door.

Kate Payne faces losing out on her recent promotion after she was disqualified from driving for a year.

She had been to the pub for a number of hours and hadn’t been drinking for so many hours, and she thought she was fine.

Anna Haq, defending

It comes after Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard a blood test showed she had 99milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millitres of blood, 19millitres over the limit.

The court heard police were called after an incident which left her car’s wing mirror damaged, with the man involved in the disagreement calling police.

No charges have been made in relation to the damage.

Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said: “She said she had been out with friends and had been in a pub in Washington Village and had a couple of vodkas, which would probably be about right for the reading.”

He said a blood test was taken when the police stations breath test machine was not working.

Payne, 26, of Bede Crescent, Glebe, Washington, admitted driving while over the limit on December 8.

Anna Haq, defending, said: “It’s one of these cases where she believed she was below the limit.

“She had been to the pub for a number of hours and hadn’t been drinking for so many hours, and she thought she was fine.”

She said Payne had recently been promoted at Gentoo to a job which needed her to drive, so would face issues fulfilling her role.

Miss Haq said Payne would benefit from taking the drink-drive rehabilitation course.

Magistrates banned her from driving for 12 months and offered her the course, which will give her a three-month reduction on the disqualification.

She was also ordered to pay a £250 fine, costs of £85 and a surcharge of £25.