Driver Downed Half A Bottle Of Vodka

DRINK-driver Linda Tranter downed a half bottle of vodka in just five minutes after one of her car tyres shredded. She tried to continue her journey, but after struggling to drive about a mile, she got out and walked along the road. An officer found Tran

DRINK-driver Linda Tranter downed a half bottle of vodka in just five minutes after one of her car tyres shredded.

She tried to continue her journey, but after struggling to drive about a mile, she got out and walked along the road.

"An officer found Tranter walking in the road towards Burwell," prosecutor Matthew Bradbury told Ely magistrates. "It was clear she was under the influence of alcohol."

Fifty-year-old Tranter was aggressive and seemed disturbed when taken to a police station, and gave a breath test reading almost double the legal alcohol limit.

Tranter, of Willetts Way, Dawley, Telford, admitted drink driving along the B1102 at Swaffham Prior on May 26.

Because she had a previous drink driving conviction dating back to 2005, she was banned from driving for three years, and fined £250 with £60 costs and a £15 surcharge.

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Solicitor Michael Judkins said Tranter had an alcohol problem, and suffered with depression. She had been driving to Chelmsford to stay with her sister, and had drunk the vodka because she was shaken up by the damage to her car.