AN ‘emotional’ Dickens Heath driver, who was found to be twice over the legal limit after crashing her car, has had her licence taken away.
Julia Dale, 32, of Ascote Lane, got behind the wheel to chase after her distraught friend but ended up in a collision, Solihull Magistrates heard on Monday.
Malcolm Stoddard, prosecuting, said: “It was midnight on March 27 when the defendant’s Vauxhall Tigra reached a stretch of the M42, between junction four and five, where one of the lanes had been coned off.
“The vehicle struck the cones and hit the central reservation.
“The defendant was breathalysed and found to be over the legal drink drive limit - 88 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.”
The legal drink drive limit is 35 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.
In her defence, magistrates were told she had been drinking at a friend’s house and had planned to leave her car there for the evening.
But her friend had become emotional and sped away in her car, with Dale deciding to follow.
She was disqualified for three years, placed under a supervision order for 12 months and ordered to pay £100 costs.