Drink drive doc avoids prison

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A doctor who was caught behind the wheel almost four times over the drink-drive limit on a Monday morning has avoided prison.

Dr Clare Holdsworth, 44, of High Street, Luddenden, was stopped by police yards from her home just after 9am last October.

They had been alerted after her husband called 999 to warn them his wife was drunk and had taken his car, which she was not insured to drive, to buy more alcohol.

After she was stopped, Holdsworth refused to give a breath test and pleaded with officers to let her go home.

She refused to get out of the car then reached for a bottle of vodka and mixer.

She screamed as officers tried to arrest her.

At Halifax police station, Holdsworth, who no longer works as a doctor recorded 135 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Holdsworth, who had worked as a consultant anaesthetist in Calderdale and Huddersfield since 2005, was suspended in December 2010 after she admitted to her manager that she had once had a drink while on duty.

Her sentence was deferred from January when she was told to complete four requirements, including attended alcoholic anonymous and the basement project

Malcolm Nowell, defending, told the court that Holdsworth had successfully completed what the magistrates had asked of her

Holdsworth was given a 12-month community and banned from driving for 32 months and pay costs of £85. She also admitted driving without insurance.