A Bristol woman who met up with a sperm donor to conceive a child ended up being arrested on suspicion of drink-driving before she assaulted a police officer.
Somerset Magistrates Court was told Neava Manfield, of Bay Tree Close in Patchway, had the “best and worst” of days on September 13, when she met with a sperm donor.
The 36-year-old is now pregnant, but the court heard the recovering alcoholic found the meet-up so stressful she went to a pub before driving back home.
She was then found asleep behind the wheel and was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.
On the way to the police station she became violent, kicking the arm of a police officer who was driving.
And while in custody, the 36-year-old repeatedly failed to provide a sample when asked to take a breath test.
‘Her eyes were glazed and she smelt of alcohol’
Prosecutor Emma Lenanton said that on September 13 at 10.30pm a resident of the Somerset village of Meare saw the defendant’s car parked across her driveway with the engine off.
When he went out he found a female who appeared to be asleep sat in the driver’s seat.
Ms Lenanton said: “He tapped on the window and said she had to move so she started the car, reversed it about 15 feet before parking in front of his neighbour’s drive and then went back to sleep.
“He called the police and when they knocked on the window a few times she said she had come from Bristol and was going back home.
“Her eyes were glazed and she smelt of alcohol but after several attempts to provide a roadside breath test she failed and there was a part-empty bottle of vodka in the car with about one third of it consumed.
“Manfield was taken to Bridgwater police station and en route she began to behave erratically, crying and banging her head on the window.
“She then raised her legs and kicked out in the gap between the front seats kicking the officer’s arm who was driving and she was further arrested for assault.”
The defendant said repeatedly she was sorry for her actions. She was asked to provide two breath specimens but failed to do so, despite being warned about the consequences and that she could offer no medical reasons.
No injuries were sustained by the police officer and during interview Manfield said her actions had been reckless and she had not intended to assault the officer.
‘She has been very stressed since the incident’
Defending solicitor Neil Priest said September 13 was the “best and worst” of days for his client saying she had travelled to have a meeting with a sperm donor and was now pregnant as a result.
“Meeting with a potential donor was a very stressful situation for a number of reasons, and although the meeting went well, she took some alcohol,” he said.
“As a recovering alcoholic it was a blip in what was a long term of progress and she drank some wine at the pub instead of her usual vodka, and she drank too much.
“She has been very stressed since the incident and the remorse she has shown has been genuine from the outset.
“While in the police vehicle she was angry with herself and kicked out in frustration and unfortunately her foot was between the car seats and she caught one of the officers on the arm, but it was not an intentional act.”
He said a breath sample provided at the roadside showed Manfield was over the drink-drive limit, but the evidential test at the police station was not completed.
“She has never been in trouble before and is now going to be entirely reliant on her wife to drive her around,” he added.
Manfield appeared in the dock before Somerset Magistrates, sitting at Yeovil.
She pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen of breath when suspected of being the driver of a vehicle and having been required to do so.
She also admitted assaulting an emergency worker, namely a police constable acting in the exercise of his functions of such a worker by beating him.
The magistrates told Manfield she had made a poor decision that day and disqualified her from driving for 12 months.
They also fined her £120 with £40 towards costs and a £32 victim surcharge.
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