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Girl, 16, gave friend a lift on moped in Woolacombe after drinking "considerable amount of cider"

By NDJJoel  |  Posted: April 17, 2013

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North Devon Magistrates' Court

A girl who gave a friend a lift on her moped after consuming a considerable amount of cider has been banned from driving for 12 months.

North Devon Magistrates’ Court heard the 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was more than twice the legal limit when she was stopped by police in Woolacombe in the early hours of Sunday, March 31.

She had been out drinking for four-and-a-half hours with friends and admitted she’d made a big mistake.

The girl, who appeared in court with her mother, pleaded guilty to drink driving.

Chris Bittlestone, for the prosecution, said police were alerted to the girl’s moped because the pillion passenger was not wearing a helmet.

He said: “She was stopped, breathalysed and consequently arrested.

“At the police station she gave a breath test which showed 81 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood which is more than double the legal limit.”

The court heard the girl, who lives near Ilfracombe, had no previous convictions and held a clean provisional driving license.

Michael Oerton, for the defence, said the girl had been to work that evening with the intention of staying at a flat in Woolacombe which was owned by her mother.

“However, she forgot her key to the apartment,” he said.

“She left her moped at the flat and went out with her friends where she drank a considerable amount of cider.

“She had not planned to drive that night but it was a case of drink in, wits out.

“Regrettably she rode her scooter with her friend up towards Europa where her friend was staying.”

The girl, who is studying at Petroc, told the court she may have to quit her job.

She said: “I definitely know I’ve made a mistake, it’s one of those things you encounter on the way,

“I’m not a criminal and I won’t get caught again.”

The girl’s mother told the court she was concerned for her daughter’s mobility in light of her inevitable driving ban.

She said: “In rural areas it’s important to be mobile.

“It’s her birthday in two days and I’ve bought her a car which is now sat on our driveway.

“She had problems after her father died in 2009 but she’s got herself a summer job and she’s had great reports from college so I’m very proud of her.

“This is a disaster. She made a bad judgement and she knows it.”

The girl was disqualified from driving for 12 months, given a three month referral order and made to pay a £15 victim surcharge.

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