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‘Large glass of wine’ leads to ban

wine banA PEMBROKE DOCK woman appeared in Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Tuesday to face a charge of drink-driving. Sarah Thomas-Dawe, aged 26, of Cenarth Close, pleaded guilty to the charge.

Prosecuting, Ellie Morgan said: “Officer Mitchell’s attention was drawn to a Peugeot 206 on Pembroke Street on December 7. Officer Mitchell spoke to the driver and could smell alcohol in her breath. A breath test was conducted, which showed Thomas-Dawe had 53 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of her breath, confirming she was over the limit.

She said “I had a large glass of wine’.”

Defence solicitor Michael Kelleher said: “Thomas-Dawe is in full time employment. She was working behind a bar and had a glass of wine, though she did not know that her glass was being topped up by her colleague. Therefore she was under the impression she only had one glass of wine when she had actually had more.

“She was not actually stopped. She had seen somebody she knew on the way home and had stopped to give them a lift.

Police had seen her stop and wondered why, and spoke to her and breathalysed her”.

Magistrates fined Thomas-Dawe a total of £305 and disqualified her from driving for 12 months.