POLICE who stopped a car at Flint were told by the driver ‘I am sorry, I am drunk’.
Andrea Christine Evans, 46, had various problems and rarely left the house.
But after drinking some wine with her husband, they argued and she left in the car.
It was the first time she had left the house this year, Flintshire Magistrates Court at Mold was told on Tuesday.
But she was stopped by police at Y Farchnad in Flint and blew a reading of 55 micrograms, compared to the legal limit of 35.
Evans of Riverbank, Bagillt, admitted drink-driving in an Astra on July 15 and was banned from driving for 12 months. She was fined £110 with £100 costs.
Defending solicitor Fiona Larkin said it was no excuse but the defendant had a number of difficulties.
She and her husband of 17 years were separating although he was in court to support her.
Her client had suffered a bereavement, she had financial difficulties, she had lost her job, there had been illness in the family and she was suffering from depression.
She rarely left the house, was receiving counselling and help from her doctor, and that night was the first time she had been out this year.
Prosecutor Justin Espie told the court police stopped the car after receiving a report the driver had left her home in a car after she had been drinking.
Police found her relatively quickly and when stopped she told officers: ‘I am sorry, I am drunk.’