A DRIVER who crashed after a wheel locked up has been banned from the roads.

Samantha Jane Camozzi admitted drink-driving when she appeared before magistrates in Hereford on January 6.

Prosecutor Mark Hambling told the court Camozzi had been travelling on the A4103 between Worcester and Hereford when she was breath tested by police after a crash on October 8.

The 40-year-old was arrested and taken into custody after failing a roadside test and admitting she had been drinking the night before, and an evidential blood test revealed she had 128 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milligrams of blood. The legal limit is 80.

Stephen Scully, for Camozzi, said she was very apologetic that she had lost her good character over something so foolish.

"She had been drinking the night before while packing up her belongings ahead of a move with her partner, who is in the army, to new barracks.

"In the morning, they decided to go out and get some breakfast as the house was packed up. She had sold her own car, so she borrowed her father's car, which had just had an MOT and, as far as they knew, had nothing wrong with it."

But the court heard, as Camozzi was driving to buy breakfast from a roadside caterer set in a layby on the A4103, one of the car's wheels had locked up, causing her to crash, and the emergency services were called.

Camozzi, of Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, was disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined £120. She must also pay costs of £135 and a £34 victim surcharge.