Sunderland drink driver caught after tip-off

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AN anonymous phone call led to a drink-driver being arrested.

Personal assistant Hannah Jackson-Harrison, from Sunderland, was nearly two-and-a-half times over the legal limit when police found her.

The 24-year-old admitted she had drunk three glasses of wine and a vodka while at a christening.

Jackson-Harrison pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said a member of the public called police on October 20, to say the defendant’s Mini was being driven erratically.

They found her sitting inside the car on Durham Road, Sunderland.

She failed a roadside breath test and a blood test gave a reading of 201mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood – the legal limit being 85mg.

Joanne Gatens, defending, said the 24-year-old had two jobs and would probably lose both of them.

She said: “She works as a PA for a pharmaceutical company and has a second job as a carer, providing support for abused women at evenings and weekends.

“She does require a driving licence for her second job and will lose that job and possibly the first one.

“She had been to a christening during the day and had consumed alcohol over a number of hours.

“She had not eaten much that day and had probably not considered in detail whether it was safe for her to drive.”

Jackson-Harrison, of Park Hall, was banned from driving for 18 months.

She was also fined £200 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £80 court costs.