Drink-driving beautician felt ‘humiliated’

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A Glemsford drink-driver who almost crashed into a parked car when being followed by police has been banned for 18 months.

Hayley Eagles, 25, from Angel Lane, had been the designated driver on a night out with her boyfriend but was found to be nearly twice the legal limit when tested by police.

She admitted drink-driving on September 14 when she appeared at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Rosalind Cappleman, prosecuting, said police spotted Eagles driving a white BMW convertible in Sudbury at about 12.25am. “She was seen to drive in excess of a 30mph speed limit and accelerate out of corners – there were parked cars on Waldingfield Road and she moved across the road to pass them, narrowly missing contact with the first car by two feet,” she said.

Miss Cappleman described Eagles’ driving as “erratic” and said officers watched her park in a driveway at a 45-degree angle, with the car rolling back as the handbrake had not been applied properly.

She gave a reading of 65 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – almost double the legal limit of 35 microgrammes.

Michael Whatley, mitigating, said that “with hindsight” his client should not have drank at all but she thought she had stayed within the limits for alcohol.

“She is a beautician with her own business and a big part of her job is going to clients in their own homes, so she will suffer considerably from the loss of her licence,” said Mr Whatley.

He added that her mother had offered her lifts to work.

“It has been a humiliating and chastening experience. She clearly panicked when she saw the police,” said Mr Whatley.

“She is very remorseful for what happened and the way she drove that evening.”

John Dennehy, presiding magistrate, fined Eagles £300 and ordered her to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge. She was banned from driving for 18 months and offered a drink-driver’s rehabilitation course, which would reduce the ban.