A motorist has been banned from driving for getting behind the wheel while over the legal limit.

Julie Dawn French (61), of The Green, Ponteland, was disqualified for 18 months and fined £125 after admitting at South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court last Thursday a charge of driving in the town while above the legal alcohol limit. The court heard she had 65 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mgs. She was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and costs of £85.