43-year-old Stacey Walford has been banned from driving for 2 years after being caught behind the wheel whilst more than 3 times the drink-drive limit.
On 28th April this year, Police Constable Lacey was driving through Apse Heath when a Mercedes C220, driven by Walford, caught her attention. Suspicion was raised as the Mercedes had pulled out in front of the Police car at Apse Heath Roundabout and then proceeded to drift across the white line.
PC Lacey pulled the vehicle over and a drunken Stacey Walford got out of the Mercedes, slurring her speech and smelling of alcohol. A roadside breath test was carried out, which Miss Walford failed.
The Isle of Wight Magistrates Court heard this morning (Friday) that Walford, of Hunts Road in St Lawrence, blew 106 on the evidential breathalyser. The legal limit is 35.
Prosecutor Liz Miller highlighted to the court that this incident displayed an unacceptable standard of driving.
Defending, Henry Farley said his client was a careful driver having held a clean licence since she was 17-years-old. He told the court that Miss Walford was experiencing a bad time due to a family bereavement and that she would ‘reap quite a harvest’ from the court appearance, as she would lose her job as a ‘high-powered carer’ working with those with complex care needs.
Mr Farley said that his client would most likely now end up on benefits as a result of losing her licence and therefore her job.
In sentencing, Magistrates said:
“What could have happened we don’t know.
“It’s a shame as you’ve had a clean licence for so long”.
Stacey Walford was handed down a 24-month disqualification from driving and ordered to complete 40 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order. She was also ordered to pay £85 costs with a £95 surcharge.