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Agent drove almost four-times over limit and kicked police officer

Local media in Huddersfield report that an estate agent smashed into a traffic bollard while four times over the drink-drive limit before kicking a policewoman when she was arrested.

Elizabeth Hirst, 27 - who was described in court by her defence as a functioning alcoholic - has been banned from driving ahead of a further hearing on August 22 when she will have been assessed for an alcohol treatment programme.

Hirst was seen driving in the early hours of July 21 when her vehicle struck a  bollard in the centre of a road; she continue her journey on the wrong side of the road.

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A police officer followed her before stopping her; on arriving at a police station Hirst was found to have had 135 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - nearly four times the legal limit of 35 microgrammes.

Hirst was then taken to a cell where she kicked out at a female officer, hitting her leg, prosecutor Vanessa Jones told magistrates.

Hirst, who pleaded guilty to drink-driving and assault, said she had drunk four cans of alcohol plus eight the night before and could only remember pulling up at her grandmother’s home and getting arrested.

Her defence counsel, Abdul Ali, said Hirst suffered from anxiety and depression and “didn’t have the coping mechanisms” to deal with stressful situations.

You can see a local press report here.

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