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COURT: Sales consultant crashed company car into tree more than double the limit

Friday 23rd August 2019

A DRUNKEN sales consultant crash a company car into a tree more than double the limit after a night out after work, a court heard.

A witness had seen Elsbeth Pope (25) swerve into the tree in Ulcombe Hill, Harrietsham, on July 18 and suspected she had been drinking.

The court heard Pope lost her job as a result of the collision and is “struggling” to come to terms with being unemployed.

Prosecuting, Julie Farbrace said: “At around 10pm, a member of the public saw Miss Pope’s Fiat Abarth swerving across the road and hitting a tree. A road side breath test indicated she was 91mg, nearly three times the limit.

Maidstone Magistrates Court heard Pope had gone to the Malta Inn for dinner and drinks after work.

Defending, Tobias Burroughs said: “She was about to leave work when her friends invited her out where she had two large glasses of wine. She says she felt okay to drive when she got in her car, but she is thankful she wasn’t injured and didn’t injure anybody else. The company car she was driving is a write- off and her bosses were not impressed.

“Her employers have told her she can’t do her job without a car. She is struggling to come to terms with being unemployed.”

Chairman of the bench, Jacqueline Curtis said: “You were considerably over the limit and other road users are very lucky to not have been hurt. This could’ve ended very differently.”

Pope, of The Acorns, Smarden, pleaded guilty to drink driving and was given a 12 month community order, 40 hours unpaid work and a £175 fine. She was also disqualified from driving for 24 months.