A DEPRESSED company director from Berkshire who was reported as a missing person was found when she was arrested for drink driving near South Molton.
Jennifer Nurse, 45, was pulled over on the A361 North Devon link road on August 10 after automatic number plate recognition cameras identified her car.
She had been reported as a missing person after dropping her children at her parents’ house and then failing to return, because she took a trip to Hartland Quay.
And on Friday North Devon Magistrates’ Court heard how the police officers who stopped her opted to carry out a breath test.
Lyndsey Baker, for the prosecution, said that test revealed Nurse, from Thatcham, was twice the drink drive limit, with a breath alcohol level of 76 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The limit is 35.
She admitted the offence to the court.
Rod Ball, for the defence, said Nurse had “flipped” because she forgot to take her medication.
“She suffers from depression and has an underactive thyroid,” he said.
“Her husband works for an international company and was in China on business.
“She forgot to take her medication and flipped. She thought, ‘I need to get out of here’ and Hartland Quay seemed like a good place to stay.
“She never got that far though.”
He said after leaving her parents’ house Nurse parked in a field in Berkshire, drank wine and texted her friend.
After sleeping in the car she drove south in the morning, but was arrested before she reached her destination.
“It was a remarkable and isolated incident,” said Mr Ball.
He also said she had now joined a help group and asked magistrates to consider not imposing a driving ban.
But presiding magistrate Jane Kivlin didn’t exercise her discretion and banned Nurse from driving for 18 months.
She was also ordered to pay a £550 fine, £85 costs and a £55 victim surcharge.