A drunken nurse has been handed a driving ban after she downed 2 large glasses of wine and ended up driving 7 miles in the wrong direction of a motorway.
This horrible incident happened in Ebbw Vale, South Wales.
Emma Marshall-Davies reportedly drank 2 large glasses of wine after work before getting behind the wheel.
She drove her VW Polo.
The 43-year-old then proceeded to drive down the fast lane of the M4 motorway, passing 3 junctions before she performed a U-turn on the carriageway.
This incident happened on April 6, 2020.
The 43-year-old was arrested by the police later that day on the A467 in Newport after she was spotted at around 7:55 pm.
Rob Simpkins, a prosecutor, said:
This was a prolonged piece of bad driving with deliberate disregard for the safety of others. It was aggravated by the fact that she was drunk at the wheel. The defendant had driven on the slip road the wrong way and other drivers flashed their headlights at her. She drove past three junctions before she performed a U-turn. She was the only person inside the car and she was smelling of drink and her words were slurred. When she was interviewed, she told police she was a nurse who helped adults with mental health problems. She said she was separated from her husband and cares for her mother. She told them she had drank two glasses of wine and decided to drive because she wanted to leave her house.
Marshall-Davies works as a mental health nurse.
She was breathalyzed by the police and reportedly had 53 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 milliliters of breath.
The legal limit is 35.
Darren Bishop, who is defending Marshall-Davies, said:
This wasn’t a case where she was suicidal or wanted to harm herself. She drank through stress and on an empty stomach. This is a lady of previous clean character.
Marshall-Davies has pleaded guilty and was handed a 12-month community order.
She was also banned from driving for 1 year.
Marshall-Davies will also sit an extended re-test and carry out a 15-day rehabilitation activity requirements.
Not only that, but Marshall-Davies was also fined £500 ($621) and ordered to pay £420 ($522) costs and a victim surcharge.