A motorist who was serving a suspended custodial sentence for assaults has been jailed after she was caught drink-driving during the Eyam Carnival.
Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court heard on Tuesday how Katie May Boulton, 22, of Olympian Way, Darley Dale, Matlock, had gone to a pub after work.
But prosecuting solicitor Ian Shaw said that after a row she got into her car and drove down and up Water Lane with the wheels spinning and was forced to stop.
Mr Shaw said: “She had a disagreement with a female and another female said she had taken her keys to prevent her from driving but the defendant demanded the keys and they were given back.
“She got into the driver’s side of the car and sped off down Water Lane with the wheels spinning, turned right and right again back into Water Lane and drove at speed back up Water Lane. A witness had to shout to a friend to get out of the way.
“Boulton was seen reversing and stopped briefly but started again until someone banged on the car to make her stop and the police were called.”
Boulton pleaded guilty to exceeding the alcohol drink-drive limit after recording 83 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath following the incident on September 6.
She also admitted breaching a sentence of 20 weeks custody suspended for 12 months for offences of common assault committed in July.
Defence solicitor Felicity Coats said Boulton accepts she had an altercation with friends and the partner of the girl she had been arguing with had scared her.
Mrs Coats added: “She intended to sleep in the car and drive it back near to a friend’s house where she intended to stay that evening.”
Magistrates sentenced Boulton to 16 weeks of custody and banned her from driving for 22 months. She must also pay an £80 victim surcharge and a £150 court charge.