A drunk school caretaker who crashed her car in Eastington after celebrating her 58th birthday has been banned from the roads for 22 months.
Denise Rymer, 58, was two and a half times the legal alcohol limit when she crashed her Renault into a VW van near her home in Victoria Drive, Eastington, last year.
At Cheltenham Magistrates yesterday, the court heard Rymer was arrested by police while returning to the vehicle from her garden and trying to start the engine.
Prosecutor Caitlin Brown said: “At 3.55pm Gloucestershire Police received a call from an Eastington resident saying that a drunken woman had crashed into his van in a communal parking area off Victoria Drive.
“The van owner had gone outside to inspect his vehicle following a call to him from another resident and he saw the damaged caused in the accident.
“The police arrived some 20 minutes later and found Rymer in her garden. They then saw her return to her car and start the engine, whereupon the police intervened and arrested her.
“They found that she was in an intoxicated state and failed a roadside breath test. Rymer was taken into custody where she recorded 87 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 35.”
The court heard that Rymer admitted in her police interview that she had been drunk.
“Rymer is a woman of good character and has no previous convictions,” said David Brown, defending.
“Rymer normally drinks whisky and on that day it had been her birthday and had purchased the bottle to celebrate the occasion. She works as a caretaker at a local school. She made a very poor decision that day.”
Rymer pleaded guilty to driving a motor vehicle while above the legal alcohol limit on May 26, 2020.
District Judge Nicholas Wattam banned Rymer from driving for 22 months and told her: “You were driving a vehicle with excess alcohol in your breath on May 26th last year and recorded a reading that was more than twice the legal limit.”
The judge fined Rymer £173 and ordered to pay court costs of £135 and a victim surcharge of £34. Rymer’s driving licence was also endorsed.