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A DRINK-DRIVER has been banned from the roads after causing a crash near Weston's Cider.

Louise Clayton, of Winston Close, Ledbury, had 73 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath when her orange Honda Jazz crashed into another vehicle at The Bounds, off How Caple Road in Much Marcle. The legal limit is 35mcg.

Lauren Millichip, prosecuting at Hereford Magistrates Court, said the 61-year-old had drunk three litres of cider.

"Officers were made aware of a road traffic collision after a car crashed into another vehicle," said Ms Millichip.


"They spoke to Miss Clayton who told officers she had been drinking and shouldn't have.

"She has no previous convictions."

Andrew Cleal, for Clayton, said the court appearance has caused a lot of upset for his client, who has had a difficult time following the death of a relative.

"She is deeply sorry for her actions," he said.

"It's completely out of character. She understands the court has no choice but to disqualify her.

"She's been prescribed medication by her doctor to help her, but she is clearly struggling."

Magistrates disqualified Clayton from driving for 16 months and fined her £120.

She also has to pay court costs of £135 and a victim surcharge of £48 respectively.