Driving ban for Good Samaritan act

PUBLISHED: 13:00 25 May 2006 | UPDATED: 13:30 04 May 2010

ACTING as a Good Samaritan landed Chettisham woman Emma Broadley with a three-year driving ban this week. She had gone out to collect her nephew around midnight when he phoned and asked for a lift — but she had been drinking and failed a breathalyser test

ACTING as a Good Samaritan landed Chettisham woman Emma Broadley with a three-year driving ban this week.

She had gone out to collect her nephew around midnight when he phoned and asked for a lift - but she had been drinking and failed a breathalyser test when stopped by police in the early hours.

Broadley, 34, of Lynn Road, later gave a breath test reading almost double the legal alcohol limit.

Ely magistrates were told this was Broadley's second conviction for drink driving - back in January 2004 she was banned from driving for two years.

Broadley told the court that the latest offence was committed on May 17, after she had drunk some lager and two glasses of wine.

"My nephew rang about midnight, he could not get home," she said. "At no point did I think I would be over the limit.

"I am not a habitual drinker, although I know it looks really bad." She had picked up her nephew, taken him to Tesco, and then taken him home, she added.

Broadley had conquered a heroin addiction and had recently obtained a job.

"I will do anything to keep my job," she said, "it has taken me a long time to have enough confidence to get a job, I will do anything to keep my licence."

The court explained that with a second conviction for drink-driving she had to be banned from driving for three years.

She was also fined £100 with £75 costs.


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