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Cranbrook: Alicia Goodman admits drink driving

By Claire McWethy

An A-level student who crashed her boyfriend's car into a stream while drunk had never driven before, a court heard.

Alicia Goodman, who had never even held a provisional licence, told police she got behind the wheel of the Seat Ibiza because she was worried about it causing an obstruction on double yellow lines outside her home in Stone Street, Cranbrook.

But while moving it to a car park 500ft away in The Tanyard, the 19-year-old lost control and the car ploughed into a bollard before ending up in a stream.

Alicia Goodman
Alicia Goodman

At Maidstone Magistrates' Court Goodman pleaded guilty to driving while over the limit, uninsured and without a licence.

Julie Farbrace, prosecuting, said Goodman had gone home to tell her boyfriend what had happened, but the pair were met by police when she returned to the scene of the accident.

She admitted being the driver and was given a breath test, which gave a reading of 51 micrograms per 100ml. The legal limit is 35mg.

Goodman said she had been drinking the night before. The crash happened shortly after 12.30pm on Saturday, February 25.

David Barton, defending, said the The High Weald Academy student had never been in trouble with the police before.

"This is somebody who has a future in front of her and she hopes very much it isn't going to be blighted by this" - defence lawyer David Barton

“She is ashamed and remorseful and completely contrite,” he said.

“She looks back on it now with incredulity.

"This is somebody who has a future in front of her and she hopes very much it isn’t going to be blighted by this.”

The court heard Goodman, a former barmaid, had lived alone since being cut off by her parents two years earlier, and had been relying on her grandmother for support.

She was fined £240, ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge and £85 costs. She was disqualified from driving for a year, and any future licence will be endorsed.

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