Croft 'drink driver' got behind the wheel because she 'needed medication'

Croft drink driver got behind the wheel because she 'needed medication'

Croft drink driver got behind the wheel because she 'needed medication'

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A 64-YEAR-OLD ‘drink driver’ who crashed into parked cars decided to drive as she needed to buy medication for indigestion, a court heard.

June Flanagan, of New Lane End, Croft, was banned from driving at Halton Magistrates Court on Monday after she refused a breath test following the crash.

It happened at 6.20pm on July 30, on Sandy Lane, when the Nissan car Flanagan was driving ‘erratically’, hit parked vehicles.

The court heard she was abusive to police who arrived at the scene, and ‘appeared drunk’.

The defendant was taken to Warrington Hospital to be treated for minor injuries where she was also described as being abusive to staff.

Further urine and blood tests were also refused.

Flanagan, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen for analysis.

The court heard she suffers from ‘long standing health problems’ following her daughter’s sudden death 10 years ago.

It was said she got in the car to go on a ‘two minute drive’ to a pharmacy to buy Gaviscon for ‘chronic digestion’ problems.

She claimed to have no money for a taxi, and told police she had ‘little recollection’ of the incident.

The court heard drink driving was ‘totally out of character’ for the defendant, who is also going through a divorce.

District Judge Bridget Knight banned Flanagan from driving for two years.

Mrs Knight added that given the defendant’s health issues she was ‘concerned’ about her ability to drive safely, and said the matter will be referred to the secretary of state.

Flanagan was also fined and told to pay costs of £393.

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8:30am Wed 20 Aug 14

wirematt says...

Stupid women.that two minute drive would of took no longer than say 5 minutes to walk( depending on how pi***d you was).no excuses for drink driving.
Stupid women.that two minute drive would of took no longer than say 5 minutes to walk( depending on how pi***d you was).no excuses for drink driving. wirematt
  • Score: 14

11:56am Wed 20 Aug 14

mustang1974 says...

She was drunk at 6.20pm on a Wednesday afternoon/evening? If this woman was in her 20's and from Orford/Longford/Bews
ey (no offence, please) she would be plastered (no pun intended) all over the press with people slagging her off left, right and centre and calling for a much higher sentence. Because this drunken idiot is in her 60's and from Croft she will probably get a lot of people saying 'silly person', 'what a shame', 'she must have had reason to do this' 'its out of character' and such like. The bottom line is that she was drunk at a time when most, upstanding members of the public are doing something practical, working hard, making tea, just being a responsible human being and decided to go for a drive for 'indigestion tablets' she claims but , perhaps more likely, more booze.

Yes, people have problems and I am sure this drunk is no different, who turn to alcohol for peace and solitude, an escapism from reality, and I am happy for them to drink away in their own little world. But when you place other peoples lives in danger because of your habit/addiction then I have no time for you whatsoever.

A more serious penalty wouldn't have been enough.

Croft, Orford, Buckingham bloody Palace, I don't care where you're from, how old you are or what your problems are, DO NOT get behind a wheel of a car when you're drunk.
She was drunk at 6.20pm on a Wednesday afternoon/evening? If this woman was in her 20's and from Orford/Longford/Bews ey (no offence, please) she would be plastered (no pun intended) all over the press with people slagging her off left, right and centre and calling for a much higher sentence. Because this drunken idiot is in her 60's and from Croft she will probably get a lot of people saying 'silly person', 'what a shame', 'she must have had reason to do this' 'its out of character' and such like. The bottom line is that she was drunk at a time when most, upstanding members of the public are doing something practical, working hard, making tea, just being a responsible human being and decided to go for a drive for 'indigestion tablets' she claims but , perhaps more likely, more booze. Yes, people have problems and I am sure this drunk is no different, who turn to alcohol for peace and solitude, an escapism from reality, and I am happy for them to drink away in their own little world. But when you place other peoples lives in danger because of your habit/addiction then I have no time for you whatsoever. A more serious penalty wouldn't have been enough. Croft, Orford, Buckingham bloody Palace, I don't care where you're from, how old you are or what your problems are, DO NOT get behind a wheel of a car when you're drunk. mustang1974
  • Score: 13

12:54pm Wed 20 Aug 14

gordon holt says...

her daughter died 10 years ago and is getting divorced,has she no other family or friends that could help this woman who obviously needs help
her daughter died 10 years ago and is getting divorced,has she no other family or friends that could help this woman who obviously needs help gordon holt
  • Score: -8

4:09pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Daz@SankeyviaOrford says...

I believe wine does give you heartburn . No excuse to drive though !
I believe wine does give you heartburn . No excuse to drive though ! Daz@SankeyviaOrford
  • Score: -1

8:13pm Thu 21 Aug 14

local man says...

headline should read "croft drunk driver told load of bull**** story to try and lie her way out of conviction."
headline should read "croft drunk driver told load of bull**** story to try and lie her way out of conviction." local man
  • Score: 1

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