A single mum from Bentley Heath has been banned from getting behind the wheel after she drank too much alcohol for ‘medicinal purposes.’
Joanna Flynn, of Packwood Close, was arrested for being over the legal drink drive limit when she was travelling along Princes Way, Solihull, on February 18.
The court was told Flynn, 45, had been drinking that evening to numb the pain in her leg caused by a recent injury. Siobahn Turner, prosecuting, said Flynn was pulled over by an officer in an unmarked police car after she was seen going through a red traffic light.
Mrs Turner added: “The officer smelled alcohol on her breath and the defendant was arrested after she failed the breath test.”
A breath test revealed Flynn had 41 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. The legal drink drive limit is 35.
Magistrates were told Flynn had been in a ‘considerable amount of discomfort’ and had decided to drink. She was said to have been ‘horrified’ to learn she was over the limit.
She was banned from driving for three years, fined £100 and told to pay £85 costs and £15 victim surcharge.