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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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Doctor found in car was so drunk she could barely stand, Carlisle court told

An award-winning family doctor wept as a court heard how she was caught drunk behind the wheel of her car in the Lake District.

Magistrates in Carlisle heard that Sian Firth – voted GP of the Year in 2009 – was so drunk when officers found in her car near Penrith she could barely stand when she got out of her car.

A roadside breath test showed that Firth, 40, had drunk more than four times the legal alcohol limit for driving when police arrested her in August last year.

In court, she admitted driving while unfit due to alcohol.

John Moran, prosecuting, told the court how officers who investigated the case found her sitting in her Mazda after she stopped near to Dalemain House near Penrith.

“She was extremely unsteady on her feet; her eyes were glazed, and the officers could smell alcohol on her breath,” said Mr Moran.

“The officers described her as being barely able to walk. She was very confused and struggling to speak.”

The roadside breath test produced a reading of 143 mgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath – compared to the legal limit of 35mls.

Firth later told police that she had been staying in a caravan near Windermere and “in a moment of absolute madness” that afternoon had consumed a bottle of wine.

Firth’s defence lawyer Ian Hudson said the doctor had been off work since May of last year, suffering from depression and remained away from work because of her health.

Firth, of Harley Terrace, Newcastle, was fined £200, with £85 court costs, and banned from driving for two years.

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