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Woman arrested for drink-driving after picking car up from police compound

The Argus: Woman arrested for drink-driving after picking car up from police compound Woman arrested for drink-driving after picking car up from police compound

A woman charged with drink-driving was arrested again for the same offence minutes after picking up her car from the police compound.

Charlene Palmer, 33, unemployed, of Saltdean Vale, Saltdean, was more than twice over the legal alcohol limit both times she was arrested.

She was first pulled over in Sutton Park Road, Seaford, just before midday on Monday because the black BMW 316i she was driving had no insurance. She was arrested after a breathalyser test gave a reading of 84mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Her car was taken to a police recovery compound in Polegate. After she collected it at 2.17pm on Tuesday police were waiting in Golden Jubilee Way, Eastbourne, to breathalyse her again. She showed 71mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.

At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday she pleaded guilty to two counts of drink-driving and one count of driving without insurance.

She was disqualified from driving for 36 months, fined £330, ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

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8:38am Fri 6 Jun 14

HJarrs says...

Sounds like someone in turmoil.
Sounds like someone in turmoil. HJarrs
  • Score: -1

10:37am Fri 6 Jun 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

Why was a disqualified driver allowed to pick up their car????
Why was a disqualified driver allowed to pick up their car???? ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 6

11:04am Fri 6 Jun 14

Bandstander says...

ZeeGee, ffs wrote:
Why was a disqualified driver allowed to pick up their car????
She wasn't disqualified until she had been to court, which was after the second offence.
[quote][p][bold]ZeeGee, ffs[/bold] wrote: Why was a disqualified driver allowed to pick up their car????[/p][/quote]She wasn't disqualified until she had been to court, which was after the second offence. Bandstander
  • Score: 4

12:54pm Fri 6 Jun 14

mimseycal says...

Why was a potentially drunk driver allowed to drive away from the compound?
Why was a potentially drunk driver allowed to drive away from the compound? mimseycal
  • Score: 8

1:10pm Fri 6 Jun 14

FatherTed11 says...

Please take away her benefits since they are being wasted on alcohol
Please take away her benefits since they are being wasted on alcohol FatherTed11
  • Score: -4

1:30pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Man of steel says...

This sounds like another case of police entrapment to me, they knowingly gave a drunken woman the keys to her car, and allowed her to drive off, with the police already waiting for her along the road.
Sounds very like the driver in Worthing a short while ago.
This sounds like another case of police entrapment to me, they knowingly gave a drunken woman the keys to her car, and allowed her to drive off, with the police already waiting for her along the road. Sounds very like the driver in Worthing a short while ago. Man of steel
  • Score: 1

1:54pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Gaz the great says...

Ok, I am rather confused by this story. Originally stopped for no insurance & yet the next day she collects her car with insurance, I assume? Who would insure anybody who is awaiting a d/d court appearance? If she failed to inform them of this then her insurance is invalid & she has committed a further offence! However it does appear the pound were partially at fault here as surely they must have noticed she had been drinking?
Ok, I am rather confused by this story. Originally stopped for no insurance & yet the next day she collects her car with insurance, I assume? Who would insure anybody who is awaiting a d/d court appearance? If she failed to inform them of this then her insurance is invalid & she has committed a further offence! However it does appear the pound were partially at fault here as surely they must have noticed she had been drinking? Gaz the great
  • Score: 0

3:34pm Fri 6 Jun 14

MzEden1 says...

I'm sorry. This is no ones fault but hers. No one forced her to go and pick up her car whilst drunk, just like no one forced her to drive drunk the first time.
The police probably suspected that someone that drunk the first time may have been drinking the second or maybe they were tipped off. Either way, she was at fault for drinking and driving.
I would suggest that part of her sentence should have included help for her alcoholism.
Whilst it does not state that she's an alcoholic, 'normal' people do not think it's fine to have a drink in office hours and then pick up their car after it's been impounded for them drink driving.
The first case could have been a genuine mistake, the second wasn't.
I'm sorry. This is no ones fault but hers. No one forced her to go and pick up her car whilst drunk, just like no one forced her to drive drunk the first time. The police probably suspected that someone that drunk the first time may have been drinking the second or maybe they were tipped off. Either way, she was at fault for drinking and driving. I would suggest that part of her sentence should have included help for her alcoholism. Whilst it does not state that she's an alcoholic, 'normal' people do not think it's fine to have a drink in office hours and then pick up their car after it's been impounded for them drink driving. The first case could have been a genuine mistake, the second wasn't. MzEden1
  • Score: 1

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