Judge recognises problems drink driver experienced

Court news.
Court news.

A former transplant surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital in London, has appeared in court in Skegness for driving with more than double the legal limit of alcohol in her body.

Hannah Grace King, 32, of Lincoln Road, Horncastle, admitted driving with excess alcohol on March 3 when she appeared before 
Deputy District Judge Nalla Lawrence.

The court was told that she was involved in a minor collision in her Toyota car at 10.30am and after a positive breath test, was arrested providing a reading of 89 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Mitigating, Terry Boston said that Ms King had been working as a transplant surgeon until she suffered a breakdown as a result of an abusive relationship in 2013, since when she had not practised as a doctor.

“This incident is a symptom of the problems she has had,” he told the judge.

He said she had had a lot to drink the previous night and had only driven her car to move it 10 car lengths so that she could see it from her home.

Judge Lawrence told her he recognised the problems she had had and that she had only planned a very short drive and fined her £405, with a £41 victim surcharge and £85 in costs.

She was disqualified from driving for 17 months but was offered the drink drivers’ rehabilitation course, which will reduce the period of disqualification by four months.