Driver’s ‘cock and bull’ story after crashing car taken from Marshcapel

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A woman took her boyfriend’s hire car from Marschapel to buy more wine in the middle of the night and crashed it, a court has been told.

Gemma Milnes 26, now of Winchester Avenue, Grimsby admitted driving with excess alcohol, driving without insurance or a driving licence, and aggravated vehicle taking on January 13.

The case had been adjourned for a pre-sentence report from the Probation Service.

Nick Todd, prosecuting, told Skegness magistrates that Milnes had been found by police walking along Bradley Road in Grimsby at 2.30am on January 13 and gave them a ‘cock and bull’ story about what had happened and they took her to her mother’s address in Winchester Avenue.

It was later found that she had taken her boyfriend’s hire car from their home in Marshchapel to go to an all-night shop in Grimsby to buy more wine and had overturned the car on her way home.

He said that when police went back to her she admitted what she had done and had given a positive breath test of 47 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

He said she was not entitled to drive the car, had no insurance and only a provisional driving licence.

Defending, Lauren Fisher said Milnes had drunk half a bottle of wine and decided to go out and buy some more and that it was on her way home that she skidded on ice and turned the car over.

“She simply gave no thoughts to her actions, which she now greatly regrets,” she told the court. She said the incident had had serious consequences for her as her relationship had now broken down and she was living back with her mother in Grimsby.

Miss Fisher said Milnes had agreed to pay the £5,500 cost of the damage to the car.

The magistrates imposed a 12 month community order with supervision and ordered Milnes to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work for the community.

She was also disqualified from driving for 14 months. Milnes declined the offer of a drink drivers’ rehabilitation course.