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Connah’s Quay woman who set up alcohol support group admits drink-driving

A DEESIDE woman who set up a support group for people affected by alcohol has admitted driving when nearly four times the legal limit.

Margaret Rose Hynes, 47, had a previous conviction for drink-driving, Flintshire Magistrates Court at Mold was told.

Police received a report of a hysterical woman behind the wheel of a car being driven erratically on February 28.

They found Hynes, of Aspen Close in Connah’s Quay, parked in her Vauxhall Corsa at roadworks on the A548 in Shotton.

She provided a positive roadside breath test and later blew a reading of 130 microgrammes of alcohol in her breath, compared to the legal limit of 35.

Magistrates imposed an interim driving ban and adjourned sentence until next month for a full pre-sentence report to be compiled.

Her solicitor Gary Harvey said that only six weeks ago the defendant had formed a support group to help other people involved with alcohol difficulties.

Mr Harvey said that Hynes recognised the problem that she had and was absolutely determined to deal with the matter.

“She has recognised that drink has got the better of her,” he said.

The defendant had depression and anxiety problems and had a reliance on alcohol, the court heard.

After her conviction in 2007 Hynes had been able to abstain from alcohol.

“She is disappointed at her own behaviour,” said Mr Harvey.

“She was not in control of her feelings or her drinking.”

Prosecutor Justin Espie said the defendant was remorseful and cooperated with police.