Teacher gets driving ban

A PRIMARY school teacher has been banned from driving after she admitted being more than three times over the drink driving limit.

Wendy Hall, 51, of Burry Road, St Leonards, who teaches at Silverdale School, appeared before Hastings Magistrates Court on Tuesday to plead guilty to the charge.

Mark Kateley, prosecuting, told the court police were called to St Helens Road at about 7pm on December 29 after the Ford Fiesta Hall was driving collided with a Peugeot.

She was breathalysed, arrested and admitted during her interview that she had drunk four or five glasses of wine that evening.

Mark Glendenning, defending, pointed out his client had never been in trouble before and had held a clean driving licence for 35 years.

A single mother with a 13-year-old daughter, Hall underwent surgery for cancer in 2009 and struggled with the death of her father last year.

“She had a bit of a scare before Christmas and thought the cancer had returned although it subsequently turned out to be something different,” he said.

“She had a few classes of wine while cooking dinner and then her daughter rang asking to be collected. She wanted to make sure her daughter was ok.”

In a probation report, Hall was described as “the most remorseful” defendant the officer had ever dealt with. Magistrates banned her from driving for two years, which can be reduced by three months if she completes a drink driving rehabilitation course.

She was also fined £750, plus £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Chairman of the bench Brian Higgins said: “This is a very high reading. You are clearly aware what a stupid thing it was to do and it could have had far more serious consequences than those that occurred.”