A CRASH driver has been banned from the roads after drinking during a day out in Herefordshire.

Wendy Marshall admitted drink-driving when she appeared before magistrates in Hereford.

Police were called to reports of a single-car crash on the A4112 at Eardisley on September 6, prosecutor Elizabeth Blacklock said.

Marshall was found to have left the carriageway, with her Fiat Panda coming to rest against a wall.

She was arrested and taken to hospital after admitting she had been driving and failing a roadside breath test, where an evidential blood test revealed she had 85 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80.


Chris Read, for Marshall, said the 57-year-old had been returning home from a day walking in Herefordshire when she crashed.

"She had drunk alcohol quite some time before and felt very confident that it would have left her system. She was, of course, proven wrong, and there was this crash, but she has no clear recollection of how this came about.

"It appears it was a fairly slow crash, she was cooperative at the roadside and at the hospital, and the reading was 85 and the limit is 80, so she was only marginally over the limit, but over it nevertheless."

Marshall, of Mill Lane, Kidderminster, was fined £276 and disqualified from driving for 12 months. She must also pay costs of £135 and a £34 victim surcharge.