Ban for mum who drank wine before drivingBy Mike Pyle
October 24, 2011
A single mum who drank several glasses of wine with friends after learning that her sister was seriously unwell and then crashed her car has been banned from driving.
Earley woman Dawn Maddox only made it just over 100 metres from her house before realising she was over the limit, but after turning back to go home she clipped a kerb and overturned her Ford Focus on Monday, September 19.
Maddox, 41, was not hurt in the incident in Sellafield Way but police who attended smelt alcohol on her breath and made her take a breathalyser test which revealed she was over the limit.
Jaimini Renuka, defending Maddox at Reading Magistrates Court on Thursday, October 6, explained that she had been out for a curry with friends and drank four or five large glasses of wine.
She said Maddox was not driving but after she returned home at around 9.30pm she was in contact with a friend because she had just had some bad news about her sister.
At around midnight she got into her car to drive to her friend’s house.
Miss Renuka said: “She thought she felt fine and that she’d had something to eat and was under the limit.
“She drove to the bottom of her road, that is 140 metres from her house, she got there and thought ‘I'm over the limit’ and changed her mind and turned back.
“She was 10 metre from her house when she hit a kerb and then another car.”
Maddox, who works for a cleaning company, wrote off her car in the crash and the damage to the other car is being dealt with by insurance companies.
Magistrates disqualified Maddox from driving for 20 months although she has the chance to shorten this time by taking a drink-driver rehabilitation course at her own cost.
Mike Wall, chairman of the magistrates, said: “What happened in the end was an accident turned upside down. All in all it was not a nice incident.”
Maddox was also fined £150, ordered to pay £85 in costs and a court levy of £15.