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Teacher, 53, drank a bottle of wine and drove on the wrong side of the road

Highly regarded teacher, 53, who was seen driving on the wrong side of the road, had drunk a bottle of wine in the morning before getting behind the wheel

  • Amanda McClean, 53, was spotted on the road in her Peugeot
  • She was on her way to Marske, North Yorkshire on 9 May last year
  • Witness saw McClean being overheard by drivers in the wrong lane
  • McClean drove into a gas station where a police officer took her keys
  • Judge sentenced her to community service with a 40-month driving ban



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A ‘gifted’ teacher drank a bottle of wine in the morning before being caught on the wrong side of the road.

Amanda McClean, 53, was spotted on the road in her Peugeot on 9 May last year while en route to Marske, North Yorkshire, Teesside Magistrates’ Court heard.

The witness — a mother who was in the car with her two children and her husband, who was driving — saw McClean beeped by drivers while they were in the wrong lane, prosecutor Joanne Hesse told the court.

Ms Hesse said the witness saw McClean’s vehicle go under the speed limit, drove very slowly and swerved on the road.

The family followed McClean’s vehicle and saw it drive on the wrong side of the road for ‘about two minutes’ before entering a gas station with a parking lot where a police officer – who had already been contacted – took the teacher’s keys.

In an earlier hearing, McClean, van Marske, pleaded guilty to driving with too much alcohol in her blood.

District Judge Stephen Hood handed McClean a 12-month community warrant, banning her from driving for 40 months.

Amanda McClean, 53, was spotted on the road in her Peugeot on 9 May last year en route to Marske, North Yorkshire, Teesside Magistrates' Court heard (Photo: McClean outside court)

Amanda McClean, 53, was spotted on the road in her Peugeot on 9 May last year en route to Marske, North Yorkshire, Teesside Magistrates’ Court heard (Photo: McClean outside court)

He said it was clear that she was extremely good at her job and put a lot into it, adding: “I expect the stress of that job has contributed in some way to what has now happened on the planet.” field of alcohol.’

District Judge Hood told McClean he was told from a report that the alcohol level in her blood is due to her drinking a bottle of wine and getting behind the wheel of a car on the morning of the offense.

He said, “That clearly shows me that there are thinking skills that need to be considered to determine how appropriate that is.”

The defendant was also fined £270 and ordered to complete 15 days of rehabilitation activities.

She must also cost the court £85 and pay a £95 surcharge.

The prosecutor told the court that Mcclean had pulled into a gas station with a parking lot where a police officer, who had already been contacted, was at the scene.

The family followed McClean's vehicle and saw it drive on the wrong side of the road for 'about two minutes' before entering a gas station with a parking lot where a police officer - who had already been contacted - took the teacher's keys

The family followed McClean's vehicle and saw it drive on the wrong side of the road for 'about two minutes' before entering a gas station with a parking lot where a police officer - who had already been contacted - took the teacher's keys

The family followed McClean’s vehicle and saw it drive on the wrong side of the road for ‘about two minutes’ before entering a gas station with a parking lot where a police officer – who had already been contacted – took the teacher’s keys

She told the court in Middlesbrough how the vehicle was parked outside the lines of the parking space.

Mrs. Hesse said McClean tried to put the keys back in the ignition, but the officer took the keys from her.

The court heard how 261 milligrams of alcohol were found in 100 milliliters of blood in her. The legal limit is 80.

David Dedman, on the defensive, told the court that she would have driven for two minutes and slightly crossed the line rather than driving on the wrong side of the road.

He said: “She was a very hardworking, high-minded teacher who took on too much to the point that she collapsed from stress.

“It led to stress and depression and anxiety that often accompanies, as it often does, a problem with alcohol.”

Mr. Dedman said she had sought help from an organization, had quarterly blood tests, and had been given a drug that cured the urge to drink.

He added that she has considered the seriousness of what she has done and pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

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