A mum has lost her licence after admitting drink driving when she woke up in "a panic".

Carrie Tate, 31, was arrested after she was reported to police by a witness who said she had driven home to Llandrindod Wells after drinking at a friend’s house.

Tate admitted one charge of drink driving at Llandrindod Wells Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, January 31.

Prosecutor Shane Maddocks said Tate was spoken to by police at her Minerva Close home in the spa town on January 11.

“Police were called regarding the defendant’s driving in the early hours of January 11,” said Mr Maddocks.

“Police attended at her home address, her vehicle was outside. They spoke to her and she said she’d visited a friend in Penybont.


“She said she had been drinking but had got a lift home. However, her vehicle was described as being seen travelling back to Llandrindod.

He said Tate had no previous convictions. The level of alcohol in Tate’s breath was 57 micrograms – the legal limit is 35 micrograms.

Gareth Walters, defending Tate, said the mother-of-one had driven home from her friend’s home after waking up in a panic.

“It is always sad to see people lose their good character, especially in such foolish circumstances,” said Mr Walters.

"She fell asleep and woke up on the sofa in a panic, knowing she’d left her child with the father.

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“She made the decision to drive home. She had tried to contact her sister, but there was no answer. She felt she had no option but to drive.”

Magistrates banned Tate from driving for 16 months; she can reduce the ban by completing a drink drive awareness course.

She was also fined £300 and must pay a £120 surcharge and £85 costs.