Nurse went wrong way on motorway for 7 miles after downing two glasses of wine
A drunk nurse who drove the wrong way down a motorway for seven miles has been spared a jail sentence.
Emma Marshall-Davies, 43, had two large glasses of wine after work before being filmed driving down the fast lane of the M4 near Newport, South Wales.
Motorway cameras filmed Marshall-Davies driving past three junctions in her red VW Polo on April 6 – before making a U-turn on the carriageway. Other drivers flashed their headlights at her in an attempt to stop her ‘deliberate disregard for the safety of others’, before she was later arrested. No one was hurt in the incident.
She pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and drink-driving and was handed a 12-month community order and driving ban. Marshall-Davies must also carry out a 15-day rehabilitation activity requirement.
Prosecutor Rob Simpkins said: ‘This was a prolonged piece of bad driving with deliberate disregard for the safety of others.
‘It was aggravated by the fact that she was drunk at the wheel. She was spotted at 7.55pm on Monday, April 6, travelling eastbound on the M4 between junction 29 and 30.
‘The defendant had driven on the slip road the wrong way and other drivers at flashed their headlights are her. She drove past three junctions before she performed a U-turn.’
Marshall-Davies was eventually arrested by police on the A467 in Newport, South Wales.
CCTV shows drunk nurse driving the wrong way down M4 for seven miles
Mr Simpkins added: ‘She was the only person inside the car and she was smelling of drink and her words were slurred.
‘When she was interviewed, she told police she was a nurse who helped adults with mental health problems.
‘She said she was separated from her husband and cares for her mother.
‘She told them she had drunk two glasses of wine and decided to drive because she wanted to leave her house.’
Mental health nurse Marshall-Davies, of Ebbw Vale, South Wales, was breathalysed and had 53 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.
Darren Bishop, defending, said: ‘This wasn’t a case where she was suicidal or wanted to harm herself.
‘She drank through stress and on an empty stomach. This is a lady of previous clean character.’
Marshall-Davies must also sit an extended re-test, was fined £500 and ordered to pay £420 costs and a victim surcharge.