Dog trainer over limit

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court

A dog trainer was more than twice over the limit when she crashed her car into a bollard.

Angela Isherwood had argued with her husband and decided to go for a drive, taking her dog, to cool off.

Isherwood, 55, of Elsby Avenue, Thornton, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said police were called to an accident where a BMW had hit a bollard on Fleetwood Road, Esprick, on April 25 at 8.40pm. A breath test showed 82 micrograms of alcohol in Isherwood’s body – 35 is the limit.

Steven Townley, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had argued with her husband on the night of the offence and decided to get in her car to let things calm down.

Isherwood had been suffering from anxiety and depression, and accepted she had turned to drink to cope. Since the accident she had not drunk any alcohol or driven, had been prescribed medication and also been to Alcoholics Anonymous.

Isherwood was banned from the road for 18 months, fined £150 with £85 costs and ordered to pay a £150 court charge plus £20 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Joanne Hirst sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.