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Policewoman's drink-drive crash
Jane Storey
Magistrates heard that Jane Storey had been through a divorce
An off-duty police constable has been given a suspended jail term after crashing into a ditch while almost four times over the drink-drive limit.

Jane Caroline Storey, 39, a Cheshire constable for 18 years, admitted drink driving before Flintshire magistrates.

Storey, of Higher Kinnerton, Flintshire, was given a four month jail sentence suspended for 12 months, and a three-year driving ban.

Her solicitor said Storey fully expected to lose her job.

The officer was also placed on supervision and ordered to pay 60 costs.

Magistrates heard how Storey, a mother of two, was driving home on 2 August while off-duty. The court was told that her car went into a ditch and turned over onto its side.

Police were called to the incident at Kinnerton Lane and found Storey with minor injuries.

When breathalysed she had 134 microgrammes of alcohol in her breath - above the limit of 35.

Commendation

Elizabeth Bell, prosecuting, said when interviewed by police, Storey said she had been to the home of a friend, where two bottles of wine were drunk.

She told them she had also had a drink earlier that day.

Storey, currently on sick leave faces an internal disciplinary investigation.

Her solicitor Howard Jones told the court that she was fully expecting to be dismissed.

Mr Jones said that Storey had been a serving police officer for 18 years and had received a commendation for her work on one major project.

(Her husband) left the marriage after having an affair with the child minder. That is how the marriage ended. It has had a devastating effect on my client,
Howard Jones, defending

However, he said Storey's marriage to another police officer had broken down and they had been through an acrimonious divorce.

"He left the marriage after having an affair with the child minder. That is how the marriage ended. It has had a devastating effect on my client," Mr Jones said.

"She was left looking after the family and holding down a demanding job.

"That day she had been drowning her sorrows when the children had gone for a holiday to their grandparents.

"She knows that she has been extremely foolish."

He asked magistrates to impose a suspended prison sentence rather than jail Storey immediately.

Magistrates said that it had been an extremely high reading which meant that the custodial threshold was passed.

But they added that it would be suspended in view of her good character, immediately guilty plea, and co-operation with the police, the probation service and the court.






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