Local News & Archive — August 26, 2014 at 4:51 pm — Updated: August 26, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Prestatyn bar crash: suspended sentence for pensioner

Picture by Jay Merril  Twitter @officiallegitt

Picture by Jay Merril
Twitter @officiallegitt

An elderly woman who crashed her car into two Prestatyn bars while drink driving has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Muriel Macbryde was also banned from driving for two years. She pleaded guilty to hitting the wall of the Cross Foxes pub on Meliden Road while behind the wheel of her Volkswagen Polo. It then careered into the front wall of Bar 236, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage. She was nearly three times over the limit when the incident occurred last month.bar236crash

Prestatyn magistrates heard the 74 year-old had lost control momentarily after waiting at traffic lights at the top of High Street, having visited an off-licence to buy a bottle of wine. Police found Macbryde to be disorientated and distracted – she had sustained minor injuries from the crash.

The defence said Macbryde had been depressed and had turned to drinking at home – she had been left mortified after the incident and had not taken any alcohol since, but had sought help for her drink problem.

Macbryde’s three month jail term is suspended for a year. She must also take an extended driving test before being allowed on the road again and pay a total of £165 in court costs, including an £80 surcharge.

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