Devon

'Dead' drunk Tiverton driver receives suspended sentence

A woman who was found unconscious in her car by a schoolboy who thought she was dead has been given a suspended sentence.

Alison Adcock was nearly five times over the drink-drive limit when she was found near her son's school in Tiverton, Devon, last May.

The 45-year-old, of Coldharbour Road, Tiverton, had pleaded guilty to drink-driving at an earlier hearing.

She was given a nine week jail term which was suspended for 18 months.

Adcock was also banned for driving for three years and given an eight-week tagged curfew, preventing her from leaving home three nights a week, at Exeter Magistrates' Court.

Drinking 'crutch'

The court heard the pupil who raised the alarm after spotting Adcock in her car on 23 May told a teaching assistant he thought she was dead. She was wearing her seat belt and the engine was on.

According to Devon and Cornwall Police, Adcock had 168mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath - the legal limit is 35mg per 100ml.

Magistrates were told that after dropping her son off at school, Adcock, a mobile hairdresser, bought a half litre bottle of vodka from a local supermarket and drank it all.

She then walked to the homes of some hairdressing clients before returning to her Vauxhall car at lunchtime.

Miss Rachel Bentley, defending, said Adcock, a former firefighter, had become a "functioning alcoholic" following the breakdown of her marriage which left her with £40,000 of debt.

"She used drink as a crutch and it had got out of hand," Miss Bentley said.

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