ELDC councillor from Fulstow faces ban after drink-driving


An East Lindsey District Councillor has been hit with a 25-month driving ban after she drove her car in the early hours of the morning after drinking wine with a friend.

Lesley-Jayne Marfleet, 47, of the Lord Nelson Inn in Main Street, Fulstow, admitted driving with excess alcohol when she appeared at Skegness Magistrates Court.

The Conservative Party councillor, who represents the Tetford Ward, was almost three times over the legal limit when she was arrested.

Following a positive breath test, Marfleet gave a reading of 98 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Paul Wood, prosecuting, said that in the early hours of Sunday morning April 20, she was seen by police to be driving erratically in her VW Tiguan on Ludborough Road, North Thoresby and, after she was stopped, it was obvious she was the worse for drink as she had glazed eyes and slurred speech.

In mitigation, it was said that she had been in an ‘emotional state’ as she had separated from her husband a year ago and the divorce had just become final.

It was said that she had been particularly low that weekend and had gone to meet a friend in Louth. She’d had some wine, but had not eaten at all.

Marfleet had intended to get a taxi home but there was a long queue at the taxi rank so, in her inebriated state, she made the decision to drive her car home.

Marfleet was fined £400 with a £40 victim surcharge and £85 costs. She was also banned from driving for 25 months but was offered the drink drivers’ rehabilitation course, which would reduce the period of disqualification by six months.