Woman drank wine with a stranger then crashed her car while three times over limit

Sunderland Magistrates' Court.
Sunderland Magistrates' Court.
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A woman met up with a stranger on a back road and drank wine before she crashed straight into a roundabout.

Joanne Jobling, 42, picked up the new acquaintance in a side road near Washington Wetland Centre, prior to the drunken collision at 1am on the A182 on July 15, Sunderland magistrates heard.

After the late-night liaison, Jobling, who works for her family’s motor repair business, drove off and lost control of her Peugeot. She then collided with the Biddick Woods roundabout near Shiney Row. She was almost three-and-a half times the legal limit, and has now been banned from driving for 40 months.

Jobling, who has a previous conviction for driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs in 2009, eventually accepted she had been the driver, after officers established that she was the registered keeper of the car.

The mum-of-one, of Ewesley Road, High Barnes, admitted drink driving. She had 121 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath – the legal limit being 35.

Probation officer Alan Cutting, who prepared a report on Jobling, said: “She was very upset at the time. She felt the need to talk to somebody about how she was feeling. She went out and met with a relative stranger.

“She went to outside Washington Wildfowl Park, to a side road. He was waiting and she picked him up. He got in the car and he supplied the alcohol. She drank a bottle of wine, while talking to this gentleman. She’s then driven off and the accident has occurred sometime later.

Jobling was jailed for eight weeks, suspended for a year, and was told to pay £85 costs, £80 victim surcharge and £150 criminal courts charge. The bench also imposed a two-month, night-time curfew. She will be able to apply for her licence back in 2019.