Drunk driver, 48, who was almost five times the alcohol limit is spared jail after she blamed Covid pandemic for turning her to drink
- Receptionist Susan Fagan, 48, was stopped by police after witness saw her crash
- She was speeding on the wrong side of the road in a Mazda before clipping kerb
- Police said that Fagan, from Wigan, looked ‘confused and dazed’ by side of road
- Tests showed that she had 166 micrograms of booze per 100 millilitres of breath
- This is almost five times the legal limit of 35 micrograms but she was spared jail
A drunk driver who was almost five times the alcohol limit has been spared jail after she blamed Covid for turning her to booze.
Receptionist Susan Fagan, 48, was stopped by police earlier this month after a witness saw her speeding on the wrong side of the road before clipping the kerb.
Officers said Fagan, from Wigan, looked ‘confused and dazed’ in her Mazda and tests showed she had 166 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.
The legal limit is 35 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breathe in a person’s system when driving.
Drunk driver Susan Fagan, 48, was spared jail after blaming COVID for her heavy drinking
She was arrested on July 7 when policed discovered she consumed five times the legal limit of alcohol after they pulled her over for speeding on the wrong side of the road
Fagan admitted drink driving but was given a 12-month community order after she claimed she had been drinking heavily to cope with being laid off due to Covid.
The arrest on July 7 came after a witness called police when she saw Fagan’s silver Mazda 2 being ‘driven dangerously’ near her home.
Prosecutor Miss Diane Jackson told Wigan magistrates court: ‘It was speeding on the wrong side of the road and at one point the car hit the kerb. The witness thought the defendant was under the influence of alcohol.
‘Police attended and the car had stopped and Miss Fagan’s keys were in her hand. She appeared to be confused and dazed and she failed a breath test.
‘She said she had not been drinking but said she had taken strong medication. It is only by chance that no accident took place.’
Fagan, who worked for a construction company for 12 years, had no previous convictions.
In a letter read to the court, her sister in law Rose said: ‘As a family we knew she was drinking, but we were not aware of how much. She has now admitted she has a drinking problem.
‘This is an isolated incident and it has given her a sharp shock. She has been crying and shaking uncontrollably and the family will now be more supportive.
‘She is a carer for her mother. She has got in touch with doctors for help.. I am proud of her, she has not touched a drop of alcohol since being arrested.
‘Her parents were ill last year. Her father was significantly ill for six months, contracted Covid and has now passed away.’
She has been ordered to complete an alcohol training programme, 150 hours of unpaid work and has been banned from driving for three years. She also must pay £180 in costs and surcharges
At Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court Fagan was handed a 12 month community order
In mitigation, defence lawyer Karen Moorfield said: ‘She is a law abiding citizen who was employed as a receptionist for 12 years but was laid off as a result of Covid.
‘That is why she turned to drink. It was a sharp wake up call for herself and she has made positive steps since.’
Fagan was also ordered to complete an alcohol treatment programme, 150 hours unpaid work and was banned from driving for three years.
She was further ordered to pay £180 in costs and surcharges. JP Dipak Valji told her: ‘We have looked at your previous good character and early guilty plea.’
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