A 91-year-old pensioner is thought to have become Britain’s oldest drink driver after crashing her high-performance Audi A3 into a lamppost and bollards.
Pauline Horrigan failed two breathalyser tests at the scene before being arrested and taken to a police station.
Horrigan, was driving her A3 Sportback through Colchester in Essex when she lost control while intoxicated.
Today she admitted drink-driving and pledged to give up her car when her 14-month ban expires – after a staggering 76 years behind the wheel.
Grey-haired Horrigan struggled to hear the proceedings and repeatedly asked solicitors to speak up in Colchester Magistrates’ Court today .
Horrigan, of West Mersea, who turns 92 this week was recorded with 47 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath – over the legal limit of 35.
Prosecutor Danielle Jones told the court Horrigan complied with police after she was arrested.
She said: “At quarter past eight in the evening on Sunday, June 3 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.”
Magistrate Brenda Pearce credited Horrigan’s guilty plea as she stripped her of her licence and hit her with costs of £319.
Horrigan is older that the two previous record breaking grey-haired 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.
And in 2013 David Bye , 88, was said to be the oldest male drink driver after he was arrested near Felixstowe, Suffolk.
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