Helen Dugdale, a partner at a Liverpool law firm who regularly defends clients facing traffic charges was disqualified for 18 months, fined £800 and ordered to pay £650 in costs. She was arrested in her own driveway after a passer-by spotted her driving erratically and called the police.
She claimed a lesser ban at Manchester Magistrates Court claiming it would have a detrimental effect on her family life and ‘dent’ her reputation. The district judge told her that he need not say anything about the offence as it is her line of work. Indeed on her firm’s websites it states that she has a ‘vast knowledge’ of dealing with drink-driving cases.
On arriving at her home in Mossley Hill on the date of the incident, police saw Dugdale on the drive smelling of alcohol and noticed the car’s engine was warm along with other signs that it had recently been driven. The breath test indicated that she had 76mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath, the maximum legal limit being 35mg.
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