Taxi driver handed suspended prison sentence for drink driving
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A taxi driver from Winsford who was caught drink driving while transporting children to school has been handed a suspended prison sentence.
Lacramioara Giurgea, of Stirling Close, Winsford appeared at Crewe Magistrates Court on Thursday 11 January, where she was sentenced to 8 weeks in prison suspended for 18 months.
The 46-year-old, who had earlier pleaded guilty to drink driving, was also banned from driving for 29 months.
At around 8.50am on Thursday 14 December an off-duty police officer reported that they were following a white Kia driving erratically in the Dalefords Lane area. The car was travelling at around 10mph and repeatedly hitting the kerb.
Officers were deployed to the scene and the car was located on Peach Way. Upon speaking to the driver, officers discovered that she was a taxi driver, and was about to collect a young child to take to school.
Giurgea smelt strongly of alcohol and was arrested at the scene after failing a breath test. When tested at custody she gave a reading of 123 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath, more than three times the legal limit.
Inspector Jason Murray said:
“Giurgea was more than three times over the limit and was in no fit state to be behind the wheel, let alone drive a child to school.
“Thankfully, as a result of the off-duty officer who reported her driving, we were able to arrest her and quickly bring her to justice – thanks to them it is highly possible that a serious collision was avoided.
“If you have any information about people who drink alcohol and then think it's acceptable to get behind the wheel, please give us a call. Your actions could save a life.”