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Driver crashed into tram stop after drinking bottle of wine at lunch

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Wine Driver Lunch Crashed Stop

A drink driver got a 26-month ban after her journey ended when she crashed into a tram stop.

Janine Poole failed a breath test when police arrived at the incident on Noel Street, Radford, on November 11, city magistrates heard.

A £460 fine, £85 prosecution costs and a £46 government surcharge were ordered from Poole of Attenborough Lane, Chilwell. She admitted driving with 101 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Theo Addae, mitigating, said one of her sons had open heart surgery, which was "obviously very upsetting and very stressful." Poole was put on anti-depressants.

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She had some drinks and planned to visit Mapperley to look at new accommodation.

"She decided to go in her vehicle and was completely mistaken that she was OK. She lost control and the accident occurred. There was relatively minor damage. There were no pedestrians. She is deeply remorseful and offers through me her apologies to the court," added Mr Addae.

Rod Chapman, prosecuting, said the car hit a tram and bus stop. Poole admitted she had been driving and was "showing signs of intoxication."

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He added: "She drove after drinking a bottle of wine at lunchtime, believing at the time of driving at 5.55pm, she would be OK to drive. She could not recall why the incident happened."

Poole, 44, had never been in trouble before.

The court heard that she has worked for Royal Mail for 13 years. A reference described her as "hard working, honest and well respected in the community."

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