34-year-old Sitania Hanuska Rose Timms, of Albert Street, appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court today (Friday) charged with driving a motor vehicle when alcohol level above limit.
The court heard from the prosecution that the collision occurred on The Fairway in Lake just before 16:00 on Sunday 14th November, as previously reported by Island Echo. Timms’ Peugeot 307 mounted the kerb and collided head-on into a lamppost, which was subsequently knocked to the ground exposing live wires.
Firefighters from Shanklin, who had been called to the scene in the interests of safety, suspected the driver had been drinking due to her slurred speech. The Police were called and when officers eventually arrived on scene over an hour later, Timms blew 51 on the roadside breathalyser.
The single parent of 2 was arrested and taken to Newport Police Station where she gave a reading of 52 on the evidential breathalyser.
It was said in court that Sitania Timms had consumed 2 pints and a liqueur over a period of 3-4 hours when out for lunch with a group of friends. Then, unexpectedly, another friend phoned and requested a lift from the Fastcat in Ryde, which led to Timms making the ‘foolish’ decision to drive from Ventnor to Ryde. She did so feeling ok to drive, Oscar Vincent said in her defence.
Magistrates handed the 34-year-old a 12-month driving disqualification and ordered her to pay a £120 fine, as well as £85 costs and a £34 surcharge.
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