Drink driver crashed into Porsche two weeks af­ter leav­ing re­hab

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY MILL TRAGEDY -

A MUM-OF-TWO fresh out of re­hab at The Pri­ory crashed her car while more than three times the drink-drive limit.

Po­lice found Sarah Fay, 40, in a ‘con­fused’ state at the wheel af­ter crash­ing her BMW into a Porsche parked at Mottram St An­drew, Mac­cles­field Mag­is­trates court heard.

She had drunk six glasses of wine at a 40th birth­day party and de­cided to drive home.

The court heard Fay, Prest­bury, has prob­lems with al­co­hol and left a four-week stint in re­hab at The Pri­ory a fort­night be­fore.

Mag­is­trates heard Fay, a mum of two, be­comes lonely when her hus­band is away.

Chair­man of the bench Jos Saun­ders said the of­fence was more se­ri­ous be­cause she was three times the drink drive limit and had been in­volved in a crash. They banned her from the road for 28 months.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Deb­bie Byrne, said: “Of­fi­cers at­tended an RTC where a BMW had col­lided with a Porsche. The of­fi­cer saw the de­fen­dant in the driver’s seat look­ing con­fused and asked her what hap­pened.

“She said ‘I haven’t had a crash, my car isn’t even here’. It took four at­tempts to take a breath sam­ple and due to her be­hav­iour of­fi­cers ar­rested her.

“She had been out for the evening and had six glasses of wine. She had been out of re­hab for a fort­night and this was the first time she had al­co­hol.”

Fay pleaded guilty to drink driv­ing on June 21. She had 110 mi­cro­grammes of al­co­hol in 100 ml of breath. The le­gal limit is 35mcg.

De­fend­ing, Tim McArdle, said Fay is con­tin­u­ing al­co­hol treat­ment.

He said: “She has been mar­ried 10 years. Her hus­band works away for long pe­ri­ods leav­ing her alone and she has dif­fi­culty cop­ing. She has taken to drink­ing too much.

She went to The Pri­ory for four weeks and left to go back to her fam­ily. She went out that evening and was left with peo­ple she didn’t know and re­lied on al­co­hol as a crutch. She thought about the reper­cus­sions of go­ing home drunk with­out her car and de­cided to drive.

“She has lost a great deal.”

Fay was given a 12 month com­mu­nity or­der, 20 day re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme and 80 hours un­paid work, as well as £150 court charge, 85 costs and a 60 vic­tim sur­charge.

●● Sarah Fay

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