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Kingsway ASDA crash mum was four-and-a-half times the drink drive limit

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 11, 2014

Stroud Magistrates Court

MAGISTRATES have warned a mum-of-five she risks going to jail after being caught drink driving at a whopping four-and-half times the legal drink-drive limit.

Saffron Poole was so drunk after necking two to three bottles of wine that she fell out of her car when police opened the door, a court heard.

Poole, 40, of Brize Avenue, Kingsway, Gloucester crashed in to another car at ASDA near her home on January 11, said prosecutor Kathryn Jenkins on Monday, March 10.

“When police attended they were able to stop the defendant’s vehicle as she was leaving,” Miss Jenkins told Stroud Magistrates’ Court.

“As the door opened the driver fell out of the vehicle.

“Officers could smell alcohol. She was taken to a police station and was described as being unable to stand.

“She was unable to comply with a breath test due to a medical problem.”

Poole’s blood test reading was 360 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80 milligrammes.

“In police interview she said she had two to three bottles of wine between noon and 8pm,” said Miss Jenkins.

“She said she was drinking at a friend’s house and she went to ASDA and admitted she was drunk.

“She said: ‘I went ASDA’s (sic) after having a few drinks - stupid? Yes’.”

Maz Iqbal, defending, said the level was so high that he would not offer mitigation at this stage, because a probation report will be drawn up before sentencing.

“It is four-and-a-half times the legal limit,” he said. “She has five children and there are certainly issues which need to be addressed.”

Earlier the court heard how police were initially alerted to the crash involving her W-registration Peugeot 206 just after 8pm.

“A witness said that her vehicle had been struck by the defendant’s vehicle,” said Miss Jenkins.

Bench chairman Dr Hazel Padfield warned Poole, who has no previous convictions, that all options remain open for sentence - including jail.

She asked for a probation service report to be drawn up ahead of the sentencing hearing.

“The reading is so high that it’s even off the scale in our books,” said Dr Padfield. “The entry point for this reading os custody.

“That does not mean it is inevitable but it’s the starting point.”

An interim driving ban was imposed. Poole will be sentenced at 2pm on April 7 at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court.

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