Drunk crashes car into pub

A woman turned to the bottle and crashed her car into a pub after a failed romance, Calderdale magistrates heard.

Nicola Milner, 34, of Claremount Road, Boothtown, Halifax, admitted drink-driving.

She had 122 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Her Renault Clio crashed into the Flying Dutchman at Boothtown Road, Boothtown, around 9 pm on July 26.

Vanessa Schofield, prosecuting, said officers spoke to her at the scene and Milner said: “I had a big session yesterday.”

Maggie Cavanagh, mitigating, said Milner was a self-employed dance fitness instructor and was travelling home from teaching a class.

Milner, a single mother of two, had experienced difficulties in her personal life culminating in anxiety, stress and more alcohol than was good for her.

She was in debt and secured a £4,000 loan from a financial advisor and thought her troubles were behind her.

“The gentleman in question bombarded her with attention and flowers on the doorstep,” said Mrs Cavanagh.

The court heard the couple became close and the advisor intimated the repayment need not be made while the relationship was ongoing. It subsequently ended.

“Things became very unpleasant and letters were sent to her, and her mother and father intimating threats,” said Mrs Cavanagh.

Milner, previously of exemplary character, again become engulfed in personal stress.

“She took refuge in the bottle,” said Mrs Cavanagh.

Milner was disqualified for 29 months and ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work.