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Coronavirus Newbury: Drink-driver charged for breaking restriction of movement laws

Motorist, FIVE times limit said she was visiting a friend

John Herring

John Herring


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A DRINK-driver has been charged for flouting new restriction of movement rules.

Officers from Newbury arrested the woman, aged in her 20s, on suspicion of drink-driving on Saturday, March 28.

Tests showed that the woman was five times over the legal limit.

Posting on social media, Thames Valley Police said that the woman told officers that she was driving to visit a friend who lived 50 miles away. 

The UK was placed into lockdown last week in an effort to stem the spread of Covid-19, restricting movement except for essential journeys. 

The police have been granted powers to arrest people, or fine them £60, for not abiding by the new Covid-19 legislation. 

The woman was charged and remanded in custody for drink driving and flouting the restriction of movement legislation.

"Thames Valley Police wants to reassure the public that we fully support the Government's recommendations and will do everything we can to keep members of the public safe. Please adhere to the restrictions and keep the vulnerable people amongst us safe," the force said in its post. 

Travel exceptions include:

  • shopping for food and medicine, but shopping trips should be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, to be done alone or only with people you live with
  • any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person. Key workers or those with children identified as vulnerable can take their children to school
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home

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Article comments

  • TheMarna


    31/03/2020 - 14:48

    Yo, give us a name ?


  • louise

    30/03/2020 - 11:33

    Have truly reverted to being a Police Force from Police Service. No excuses for drink driving of course.


    • __Andy__

      31/03/2020 - 07:58

      None! At FIVE times over the limit she's likely to kill or seriously injure herself or others. What a selfish, irresponsible - - - - -