|Wimbledon Magistrates Court|
An NHS administrator was caught drink-driving after “a couple of glasses of wine” when police spotted her looking at her phone while behind the wheel.
Yvonne Stupple, 58, from West Brompton, a PA for Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust says she is “mortified” by her arrest and court appearance.
She pleaded guilty to driving her Chevrolet vehicle with excess alcohol in her breath in York Road, Battersea at 10.25pm on May 25.
Her reading was 41 microgrammes - slightly over the 35 limit.
Wimbledon Magistrates Court heard officers pulled Stupple over after seeing her phone in her hand although she says her vehicle was stationary at the time.
As far as the officers were concerned she failed to pull over satisfactorily and appeared confused.
They followed her around a large roundabout and she stopped opposite a petrol station.
When asked if she had been drinking Stupple confessed she had a few glasses of wine.
Her lawyer told the court: “It is a case of misjudgement. She did not feel she was under the influence of alcohol.
“She waited a few hours and thought she was fine to drive.
“She puts her hands up and takes full responsibility.
“She is very embarrassed and is remorseful. She was stationary when she looked at her phone.
“She is mortified she is in this position after a couple of glasses of wine.”
Stupple was disqualified from driving for twelve months and fined £500, with £85 costs and ordered to pay a £50 victim surcharge.