Long Melford drink-driver who collided with police car loses her licence

PUBLISHED: 13:32 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 08:22 21 March 2017

Drink-driver banned (Stock image)

Drink-driver banned (Stock image)

A drink-driver who collided with a police car before driving off has been banned for 16 months.

Trudie Tatum-Hagger, of Olivers Close, Long Melford, pleaded guilty before Ipswich magistrates to driving with excess alcohol on March 2.

A breath test showed the 49-year-old had 57 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

Prosecutor Colette Harper said a police officer was driving a marked car in Acton, near Sudbury, at 2.35pm when a Ford Focus came around a corner on the wrong side of the road.

The officer took evasive action but the Focus hit the driver’s side wing mirror. The Focus was stopped in Lavenham Road.

Tatum-Haggar, representing herself, said: “It’s my mistake. I had been drinking the night before and didn’t realise I was still over the limit.”

In addition to her ban she must pay £235 in costs, a fine and a surcharge.

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