A woman was caught twice over the limit behind the wheel of a car after drinking to make herself feel better, a court heard.

Lilija Miecuite, 39, was stopped by police driving a Vauxhall Insignia in Revesby Avenue, Boston, where she lives, following a tip-off.

Paru Raja, prosecuting at Boston Magistrates’ Court, said police noticed she smelled strongly of alcohol.

When she was asked what her name was she refused to tell officers her name and said: 'You know. My driving licence is on my phone.'

Paru Raja

The defendant gave a breath test reading of 71 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the limit is 35.

Miecuite, of Revesby Avenue, Boston, admitted driving with excess alcohol on the evening of February 20 this year.

She accepts the prosecution's case.
On that occasion she felt very depressed, very low.
She had had a drink to try to make herself feel better.
She suffers depression and anxiety. She describes herself not being in a good place.
She had recently been through a divorce and her ex-husband left her in a bad financial position.

Tony Freitas

Mr Freitas said Miecuite, who has worked in a factory and more recently as a supervisor at B&M, is waiting for an appointment for counselling and has no previous convictions.

Magistrates banned her from driving for 19 months.

She was also fined £200 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £34 victims’ surcharge.