AN ALCOHOLIC was spared a custodial sentence at Chester Magistrates Court after admitting drink-driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.
Marion Bailey, from Great Sutton, had never appeared before a court prior to the incident and first had problems with alcohol after being treated for cancer a number of years ago.
But magistrates heard how Bailey, 55, was four times over the legal limit when driving her Honda CRV 4x4 vehicle on January 26.
She was involved in a minor accident outside the Straw Hat public house in Great Sutton but drove off without leaving her details and later, in the car park of the Tesco Express store off the A41, drove into a car while attempting to park.
The owner of that vehicle was not satisfied by the details given by Bailey.
Peter Hussey, prosecuting, said: 'A police vehicle pulled up and the owner told the officer what had happened. He could tell the defendant was drunk.'
Bailey provided a sample of breath at the scene and was taken to Ellesmere Port Police Station, where she was later charged with the two offences.
Richard Simm, defending, said: 'This is clearly an offence that is out of character. She has alcohol problems and has done for a number of years, she's sought appropriate help within the community for this.
'Her consumption of alcohol followed an intensive treatment for cancer, when she used drink as a coping mechanism.'
Magistrates sentenced Bailey to a 12-month supervision order, 150 hours unpaid work in the community, banned her from driving for four years and ordered her to pay £20 costs.