THE parents of a drunk driver from Malpas who crashed their car into the side of a house have had to shell out £25,000 of liability for the written off car and property repairs.
Elizabeth Victoria Swinnerton, 22, appeared at Chester Magistrates court on Monday charged with drink-driving and driving without insurance on March 25 this year. The court heard Swinnerton, of Wigland Hill, Higher Wych Road, careered into the side of the empty property on the A41 Whitchurch Road, Hampton after swerving , crashing through a hedge before falling down a 3ft sheer drop. She caused £7,500 worth of damage to the property.
Swinnerton escaped without serious injury. A blood sample taken later at hospital revealed an alcohol reading of 135 milligrammes in 100 millilitres of blood, compared to the legal limit of 80mg.
Swinnerton, whose mother Julia owns Benison Day Nursery in Eccleston, had spent the evening in Chester. She admitted to drinking three large glasses of white wine and some champagne before deciding to drive her mother’s car home to Malpas.
Frank Rogers, defending, said she mistakenly believed she was insured on the vehicle. He told the court how her parents had been left with more than £25,000 worth of liability..
Mr Rogers said: “She feels an enormous sense of guilt due to the financial burden she’s placed on her parents.”
Swinnerton was banned from driving for 12 months, ordered to pay £350 in fines and costs and her licence was endorsed.