Nurse drove to work five times over the limit

Julie Burrage, convicted of drink driving, arrives at Worthing Magistrates' Court on Tuesday. SUS-140916-173048001
Julie Burrage, convicted of drink driving, arrives at Worthing Magistrates' Court on Tuesday. SUS-140916-173048001

A NURSE who crashed her car on her way to work was nearly five times over the drink-drive limit, a court heard.

Julie Burrage, 56, of James Close, Salvington, was travelling to St Barnabas House Hospice on the morning of June 8, when she lost control of her Ford Ka in Titnore Lane.

She pleaded guilty at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday to drink-driving, after registering a reading of 164 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Gaynor Byng, prosecuting, said Burrage was seen by another motorist driving along Romany Road, in Durrington, ‘slowly and zig-zagging in an erratic manner’, at 7.20am.

She said: “She approached the junction of Titnore Lane and suddenly accelerated, shot out into the lane and careered across the lane and straight into a tree on the opposite side of the road. She told police she had two glasses of wine the night before. Her breath test indicated that was unlikely. It was an extremely high reading.”

For the full story, see the Worthing Herald, out Thursday, September 18.