Ice cream lady drove her van while three times booze limit

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By NEIL GOOD­WIN

A TIPSY ice cream lady was caught at the wheel of her van while three times over the limit.

Anna Iovino, 56, was pulled over by po­lice who spot­ted her talk­ing on a mo­bile phone while driv­ing.

A court heard they found that Iovino ( right) — who has two pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for driv­ing over the limit, wasn’t wear­ing a seat­belt ei­ther.

She ad­mit­ted driv­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle while her al­co­hol level was above the le­gal limit when she ap­peared at Wim­ble­don Mag­is­trates Court in south west Lon­don, but claimed she had been on her way to buy a packet of fags.

Speak­ing out­side court, she said she was only driv­ing a few hun­dred yards from her home in Mitcham, south Lon­don, to the lo­cal shop so she could buy cig­a­rettes.

She said: “There were no chil­dren nearby.

“I only went a few hun­dred yards to buy cig­a­rettes from the shop. Of course I’m sorry for do­ing it. I don’t know why I do it — be­cause I’m stupid.

“I have been an ice cream truck driver for 35 years. Now I need to look for an­other job.”

Iovino was jailed for four months, sus­pended for 18 months, banned from driv­ing for 52 months and or­dered to com­plete 240 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice.

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