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Drunk disabled woman drove mobility scooter the wrong way down a main road

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: October 04, 2012

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A DISABLED woman drove her mobility scooter the wrong way down a main road in Bideford after getting drunk.

Tina Louise Daleney, 48, pleaded guilty to being drunk in charge of a carriage in Bridgeland Street in the early hours of July 22, when she appeared before North Devon Magistrates' Court on Friday.

Daleney, of 43 Ethelwynne Brown Close, Bideford, told magistrates she had been in a coma for three months followed by three months of rehabilitation and had gone out to "let her hair down".

Ben Winzer, for the prosecution, said police on patrol were driving along Mill Street at 2.55am.

They got to the junction with Bridgeland Street and were heading towards the Quay when they saw the defendant coming towards them on the wrong side of the road in an invalid carriage.

Mr Winzer said she was heavily intoxicated and found to have 108 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of urine.

Daleney, who walks with a stick, was not represented at the hearing.

She told magistrates: "I didn't realise how much I had drunk. There is no excuse. This was a one-off.

"I haven't got the mobility scooter anymore, I gave it back afterwards.

"I was very irresponsible that night."

She said she is on medication for her heart and needs to have heart surgery.

Magistrates gave her a 12-month conditional discharge.

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