Woman nearly FOUR times drink-drive limit almost hit bus on busy road

The IW Law Courts, and a breathalyser. <i>(Image: Isle of Wight County Press)</i>
The IW Law Courts, and a breathalyser. (Image: Isle of Wight County Press)

THE threat of a possible jail term is hanging over a woman who drank-drove while almost FOUR times the limit — driving into oncoming traffic and almost colliding with a bus on one of the Isle of Wight's busiest roads.

Louise Barlow, of Fitzroy Street, Sandown, admitted drink driving in Ryde on the afternoon of May 17.

Police were swamped by calls from the general public reporting the poor standard of driving of 48-year-old Barlow.

Barlow had been driving towards oncoming traffic, swerving, and almost hitting a bus as she drove between Brading and Ryde, said Liz Miller, prosecuting, at the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court.

When the police caught up with her, she was driving towards them along Great Preston Road, on the opposite side.

Officers stopped her in George Street. Barlow was arrested and gave a breath reading of 136 microgrammes. The legal limit is 35.

For Barlow, Barry Culshaw said his client had underlying issues best served in a probation report.

Presiding magistrate Fay Seabourne warned Barlow because her drink-drive reading was "incredibly high", jailing her was a consideration.

Barlow was made subject to an interim driving ban and bailed to reappear for sentencing on July 7.