Drink driver crashed into Porsche two weeks after leaving rehab
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