Gin-swigging nurse, 42, caught driving BMW drunk was 4 times over alcohol limit

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A gin-swigging district nurse was pulled over by police when seeing driving slowly round a roundabout as other motorists beeped their horns.

Natalie Robinson, a 42-year-old mum, admitted to officers that she'd had "four gins" before getting in her BMW and driving in Stockton, County Durham, on October 10.

A breathalyser test revealed that she was more than four times over the legal alcohol limit, registering 150 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath when the limit is 35.

On Monday, Robinson appeared at Teesside Magistrates' Court where she pleaded guilty to drink driving, reports Teesside Live.

Alan Davidson, prosecuting, said police were on patrol in Stockton shortly before 4pm when they heard "other members of the public beeping their horns".

Officers then saw Robinson, who was in a white BMW on Romford Road, "driving slowly round a roundabout".

Mr Davidson said other motorists were "taking actions to avoid her".

When officers pulled her over, she "appeared intoxicated" and said she'd drank "four gins".

After failing her roadside breath test Robinson, who has no previous convictions, said she was "mortified", the court heard.

Danielle Hewitt, defending, accepted that Robinson, of Apethorpe Court, Ingleby Barwick, gave an "extremely high reading" but said there was "substantial mitigation".

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She said it was a certainty that Robinson would "never be before the courts again".

Ms Hewitt said Robinson used alcohol as a "coping mechanism" following an "abusive relationship" and said her job as a district nurse during the Covid pandemic brought about "severe mental stress".

"She has had a very tough time… her alcohol issues got out of control," she added.

The magistrates' bench adjourned sentencing to a later date so that a pre-sentence probation report could be put together.

Robinson will appear back at the court for sentencing on December 8.

She was given unconditional bail until that date as well as an interim driving ban.

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  • Motoring
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