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Drink-driver was wearing a dressing gown when she crashed car

A Bretton drink-driver who was nearly four times the limit when she crashed a Nissan Juke into a lampost has been urged to take a second chance offered by Peterborough Magistrates’ Court.
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Jayne Horsted appeared at Peterborough Magistrates' Court Photo: John Baker

Jayne Horsted, 52, was wearing a dressing gown when she crashed into a lamppost on Bretton Way.

She was convicted on December 15 after changing her plea the day before the case due to go to trial. The case was adjourned for preparation of a pre-sentence report but the court was told on Monday that she refused to comply fully with the probation officer writing it.

Horsted, of Eyrescroft, said the answers to the officer’s questions were “too painful”.

District Judge Ken Sheraton told her: “It’s rare that I get a report from the Probation Service that the individual has had a hostile and obstructive attitude.”

He said the report would offer alternatives to custody and she would be well advised to assist with it.

Adjourning the case, Mr Sheraton said it was her final opportunity, adding: “The kind of questions asked are the ones the court needs to know about.”

Prosecutor Giles Beaumont had told the hearing that the crash happened on April 3, 2020.

When police arrived, Horsted’s son was at the scene but she was not. He confirmed she was the driver and had gone to a nearby property.

Mr Beaumont said: “According to a witness she was drunk and stumbling. They had stopped at the scene because it was perceived she was a vulnerable lady at night in the state she was.”

Officers found a dressing gown cord at the front of a property and located Horsted. She was arrested and blew 130 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath; the legal limit being 35.

The court was told she had a previous conviction for drink-driving in 2004 and had only admitted her guilt with the latest offence the day before it was due to go to trial.

Horsted, who was initially unrepresented, told the hearing: “I can only apologise for wasting everyone’s time. In retrospect, it could have been dealt with a lot quicker.”

Due to the possibility of her being jailed because of the high reading, Mr Sheraton advised her to seek advice from a solicitor.

Horsted was represented when she reappeared later and the case was adjourned to February 5.