Drink driver didn’t know how to blow in breath test

A driver who was so drunk she did not know whether she was ‘blowing or sucking’ in a breath test has been banned from the road.

Tracey Campbell, 52, was being followed by a police car on Thoday Street, Cambridge on 24 January at 10.30pm when she suddenly stopped her Peugeot 207 and got out the car.

Officers went to speak to her and could smell alcohol on her breath.

But when she was asked to blow into the breath test equipment she became confused and asked: ‘Am I sucking in – or sucking out.’

After officers threatened to arrest her she was tested 160 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 micrograms, making her nearly five times over.

Campbell, of Ring Fort Road, Cambridge, admitted drink driving at Huntingdon Magistrates’ Court.

She was disqualified from driving for two years and eight months.

Campbell was also given an 18-month community order and must carry out 120 hours of unpaid work.

PC Joe Woolf, who investigated, said: ‘Although it is over a twenty-year period, Campbell has been convicted of drink driving on three previous occasions, there is absolutely no excuse for drink driving.

‘She was considerably over the limit, and it was lucky she didn’t do herself or other road users any serious harm.’