Bristol Post

Over-limit driver crashed into island


A DRINK-driver crashed her car into a traffic island before hitting two parked cars.

Danielle Williams, 33, was at more than double the alcohol limit when behind the wheel of a silver Volkswagen Polo on Filton Avenue, Horfield.

The former healthcare assistant appeared at Bristol Magistrate­s’ Court and admitted driving with 216mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. The legal limit is 80mg.

Police received a report shortly after 5am on February 27 that a Polo was blocking Filton Avenue after crashing at a junction.

The Polo had also hit two parked cars.

Williams told police she had gone to her sister’s house to collect food. She claimed she had to swerve in the road to avoid another vehicle, then hit the island in the middle of the road, causing her vehicle to spin.

The defendant was taken to Southmead Hospital for medical assistance, where she gave a blood sample which showed she had been drink-driving.

Presiding Justice Deborah Merrick imposed a 12-month community order with 80 hours of unpaid work. Williams must serve a 23-month driving ban, which will be cut by 23 weeks if she completes a driving course. She must also pay £85 in costs and a £95 victim services surcharge.

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