Teaching assistant downs wine before crashing car after celebrating divorce

A barefooted teaching assistant was arrested for drink driving her Range Rover after celebrating being "free" after splitting up with her businessman husband.

Mother-of-three Deborah Peplow, 39, was said to have "felt like a teenager" again after she went out drinking to toast her birthday, her first night out with her children – and the end of her unhappy marriage.

But during the evening, she crashed her Evoque into another vehicle as she drunkenly left the car park of the watering hole where she was celebrating.

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Cops then traced her to her home where she was held in a "bear hug" and screaming for her daughter as a crowd looked on.

Initially Peplow tested more than three times the alcohol limit but was so drunk she was unable to provide another breath sample.

She later claimed it was her first night out with friends after being "freed' from her husband, who she said had not allowed her to socialise.

At Crewe magistrates court, Peplow, of Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, who is also thought to run an online fashion company pleaded guilty to failing to provide a sample of breath for analysis.

She was banned from driving for two years and was hit with £200 costs. Her unnamed husband was not at the hearing.

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The court heard the incident began at 9.40pm at the Victoria Club in Holmes Chapel on June 9 after Peplow drank white wine with friends to what she said was "taking advantage of some new found freedom."

Prosecution said when caught, a police officer noted that the front nearside of her car was damaged. The tyre was flat and the wheel was damaged. The car key was in the driver's side footwell.

The court heard the original reading was 115 micrograms of alcohol in 100 mililiitres of breath, the legal limit being 35mg.

Peplow has been offered the opportunity to reduce her ban by a quarter by completing the drive awareness course.

But JP Andrew Pope told her: "You are not allowed to drive any motor vehicle, motor cycle or certain types of e-scooters on public roads, or any road where the public have access. If you do, driving while disqualified itself carries a custodial sentence."

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