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Violet Prichard, 28, who attempted to drive from Freshwater to Ryde when more than double the drinking limit but crashed, has been banned from driving for 20 months.

Prichard, of Park Road in Ryde, pleaded guilty to 1 count of drink-driving when she appeared before magistrates on Friday.

The court heard how the mother-of-3 watched the Women’s Euros final at Freshwater on August 1, while having a drink, but decided to drive home. She drove as far as Forest Road on the outskirts of Newport before crashing her Peugeot 308 into a hedge just before midnight.

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Prosecuting Liz Miller told the court that paramedics were called to the scene and treated Prichard at the roadside, where she was asked to take a breathalyzer test by police – which she failed.

She then gave a probative reading of 79 – more than twice the legal limit of 35.

In defence, Barry Arnett said his client had simply made a mistake while driving after consuming alcohol, on a rare evening. He said Prichard had recently returned to the Isle of Wight after fleeing an abusive and volatile relationship.

The caregiver has invested in a booster bike to enable her to keep her job.

Magistrates handed Violet Prichard a 20-month driving ban, as well as ordering her to pay £85 costs, a £225 fine and £90 surcharge.

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