Eckington woman drove over the limit while fleeing ex-partner’s friends

An Eckington woman was caught over the drink drive limit while fleeing a pub after being confronted by a group of men - friends of her ex-partner, a court heard.

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 4:00 pm

Georgia Stocks, 19, was at Wetherspoons in Bolsover when “10 individuals” - all friends of her ex-partner - congregated around her car attempting to take the vehicle keys.

Stocks, who had “a real fear” that her former boyfriend was inside the pub, called police and was advised to “leave the situation”.

Becky Allsop, prosecuting, told how Stocks drove away in her car while three times over the legal drink-drive limit.

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An Eckington woman was caught over the drink drive limit while fleeing a pub after being confronted by a group of men

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Chesterfield Magistrates Court heard how Stocks - who had visited “a couple of pubs” with friends that night - accepted that she was over the limit and “regretted it”.

Stocks’ solicitor Kirsty Sargent told the court how Stocks “had not intended to drive home” however she was “placed in real fear of these individuals knowing they were her ex partner’s friends”.

Ms Sargent said: “Miss Stocks is diagnosed with autism and is currently having counselling - sometimes she doesn’t react to situations in the way others would.

“She didn’t set out to drive away but only did it as a result of these individuals.”

Magistrates, taking the reasons for Stocks’ driving under the influence into consideration, banned her from driving for 12 months and ordered her to undertake a drink driving course.

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