42-month driving ban for Potters Bar woman

PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 August 2018

St Albans Magistrates' Court.

St Albans Magistrates' Court.

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A drink driver has been given a suspended sentence after her alcohol reading was so high it fell outside the magistrates’ sentencing guidelines.

Justyna Pestka appeared at St Albans Magistrates’ Court on July 31.

She admitted driving a Volkswagen Tiguan in Northlands, Potters Bar, on July 14 while over the drink drive limit.

Pestka had 175 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

The 39-year-old, of Causeway Close, Potters Bar, was given an 18-week jail term suspended for 12 months.

She must have treatment for alcohol dependency for six months and take part in up to 10 days’ activity as directed by a responsible officer.

Pestka was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months.

She was ordered to pay victim services £115 and £85 court costs.

The defendant was banned from driving for 42 months.

This will be reduced by 42 weeks if she takes part in a course approved of by the Secretary of State.

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