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A repeat drink-driver has received her second four-year ban in 10 years after being caught behind the wheel four times over the limit.
Elisa Kern, 49, of Earls Avenue, Folkestone, was driving "slowly and erratically" on Crawley Avenue in Crawley at 11pm on June 28 when she was stopped by police.
When she was breathalysed she had 139 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millitres of her breath - almost four times the legal limit of 35 microgrammes.
Kern pleaded guilty to drink-driving and was banned from the roads for 48 months.
She was given a 19-week suspended prison sentence, was ordered to attend an alcohol addiction course and told to pay an £80 victim surcharge and £85 costs.
Supt Jane Derrick said: "Elisa Kern had already served a four-year ban after being caught drink driving in 2004 but she has clearly refused to change her ways.
"Mixing drink of any amount with driving is dangerous but to have got behind the wheel while so far over the limit shows a shocking disregard for the safety of other people, never mind Kern herself.
"Kern must have known that she was in no fit state to be driving but decided to do so anyway.
"I can only hope that the alcohol diversion course the court has ordered her to attend will encourage her to take more responsibility for her behaviour. Otherwise the next time we catch her drink-driving it could be at the scene of a tragedy that she has caused or could lead to her being jailed."
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