Drink-drive woman gets two-year ban

A WOMAN caught almost three times over the drink-drive limit has been ordered to carry out 40 hours of unpaid work.

Alison McCormick, of Oliver Road, Wooler, pleaded guilty when she appeared at Berwick Magistrates’ Court last Thursday.

Sarah O’Neil, prosecuting, said the 45-year-old was spotted driving very slowly through Wooler at 5.30pm on November 18, before she was then seen to stall at the junction of Church Street.

Witnesses saw McCormick being helped from her car to her house in Oliver Road after parking outside. Police arrived soon after and the defendant answered the door, slurring her words and unsteady on her feet.

The prosecution said McCormick had already had a glass of wine earlier in the day before going into the Black Bull pub, where she had three or four more glasses before driving home, then may have had another glass or two before police arrived.

John Brown, defending, said McCormick was ‘acutely aware’ of the danger she posed, although he added that the street was very quiet at the time and that she was only travelling a short distance.

Tony Flynn, from Northumbria Probation Trust, said McCormick only went into the pub after having a falling-out with a relative while in town shopping. He added that she had ‘a number of personal difficulties’, including debts, alcohol and depression.

McCormick was given a 12-month community order with 40 hours’ unpaid work. She was also banned from driving for two years, which could be reduced to 18 months if she completes a rehabilitation course, and ordered to pay £85 costs.