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Agent escapes jail after drink-driving and assaulting police officer

A Huddersfield estate agent who crashed her car while four times over the drink-drive limit has been banned from driving for 30 months - but has escaped a jail term. 

Elizabeth Hirst, 27 - who was described in court as a functioning alcoholic - was told that by a magistrate that sending her to prison would be no benefit to herself or the community.

Her ban is in addition to six months of alcohol treatment, 10 rehabilitation activity days and 60 hours of unpaid work. She has also been ordered to pay £50 compensation to a policewoman she assaulted as well as £85 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.


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.

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.

The Huddersfield Daily Examiner reports that Hirst was then taken to a cell where she kicked a female detention officer in the leg and then lashed out at her a second time.

Kirklees Magistrates heard that Hirst said she had drunk four cans of alcohol plus eight the night before and could only remember pulling up at a family member’s home and getting arrested.

Chairman of the bench Martin Wood told her: “You were significantly impaired and it’s only a pure miracle that yourself or other persons weren’t harmed.”

You can read the full report on proceedings in the local press here.


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