Essex pensioner becomes Britain’s oldest drink-driver

A 91-year-old is believed to be the nation’s oldest drink driver after she admitted drunkenly crashing her high-powered car.

Pauline Horrigan smashed the Audi A3 Sportback into bollards and a lamppost in Colchester, Essex, last month.

The pensioner the failed two breathalyser tests and arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

Today, she admitted drink driving and pledged to give up her car when her 14 month ban expires, after 76 years behind the wheel.

Horrigan, of West Mersea, struggled to hear the proceedings and repeatedly asked solicitors to speak up in Colchester Magistrates’ Court.

Horrigan, who turns 92 this week ,was recorded with 47 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath – just over the legal limit of 35.

Prosecutor Danielle Jones told magistrates Court that Horrigan complied with cops after she was arrested.

She said: ‘At quarter past eight in the evening on Sunday 3rd of June the defendant drove her grey Audi along Abbots Road, Colchester, where it is said she lost control and collided with the central reservation island causing her vehicle damage and damage to the street furniture.

‘Police arrived and the road side test was complied with and came back as positive, the defendant was arrested and taken to Colchester Police Station.

‘She gave two samples of breath both being 47 in 100ml of breath.’

Graham Brown, defending, passed a letter to the bench and said his client deeply regretted the crash and will not apply for her licence when her disqualification expires.

He said: ‘She deeply regrets this incident, total remorse as you can see from this letter she has written.

‘She is a lady who has driven 76 years without an accident and previous court appearance.

‘As you have seen she has taken the decision she is not going to drive again.’

Chair of the bench Brenda Pearce credited Horrigan’s guilty plea, but stripped her of her licence and order her to pay costs of £319.

Horrigan is older that the two previous oldest drink drivers who were banned in English courts.

In 2014, 85-year-old grandmother Betty Teague was said to be the oldest woman drink driver in the country after being convicted.

David Bye, 88, was said to be the oldest male drink driver after he was arrested near Felixstowe, Suffolk in 2013.

 

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