A SWERVING driver had drunk two cans of Stella while celebrating her birthday, a court has heard.

Kerry Rawlings admitted drink-driving when she appeared before magistrates in Hereford.

Police in Leominster were made aware of a woman who was believed to be driving under the influence of alcohol on March 13, prosecutor Mark Hambling said.

Officers travelled along the A44 from Leominster, eventually coming across Rawlings' black Honda Civic, which they said was swerving and hesitant, at Worcester.

Rawlings was pulled over and asked if she had been drinking, to which she replied that she had drunk two cans of Stella.

She was arrested after failing a roadside breath test and taken into custody, where an evidential test revealed she had 52 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

The court heard Rawlings was previously banned for drink-driving in 2020 and was subject to a suspended sentence order imposed by the crown court at the time of the offence.


Marilena Di Vitantonio, for Rawlings, said the 43-year-old had entered a guilty plea at the first opportunity.

"She had been away at a friend's celebrating her birthday and was returning home when she was stopped after a report was made to police by a neighbour stating that they believed she was still over the limit," Miss Di Vitantonio said.

"She was stopped and the reading was taken."

Miss Di Vitantonio said Rawlings had not been offered the drink-drive rehabilitation course after her last conviction and that she would like to be offered the opportunity to complete it.

Rawlings, of Minerva Close, Llandrindod, was disqualified from driving for 38 months and fined £384. She must also pay costs of £135 and a £38 victim surcharge.