Woman took bus for drive after night drinking vodka and wine
A WOMAN took a bus from outside its driver's home after a night spent drinking vodka and red wine, a court heard.
Autistic Stefanie Lake, who only has a provisional licence, was more than twice the legal limit for alcohol when she drove the minibus.
Lake, aged 25, took the Target Travel Mercedes vehicle for a spin after it was left unlocked with the keys in the ignition – but she returned it within minutes.
Lake, of Woodbury Gardens, West Park, admitted taking the minibus without consent on Thursday.
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She also pleaded guilty to drink-driving, driving without insurance and otherwise than in accordance with a licence.
Lake also admitted possession of cocaine because she was found with a trace of the drug when arrested.
Gareth Warden, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the bus driver briefly left his vehicle unlocked and with the keys in the ignition in Cheriton Close in West Park at 9.30am.
He added: "When he returned, it was gone. He was looking for the bus when it drove past him and he saw the driver of the vehicle.
"He saw the bus park, the woman get out and go into a nearby address."
Mr Warden said police were called and arrested Lake inside the property.
He added officers who arrested her found she smelt of alcohol and she was breathalysed.
Mr Warden said she was found to have 78 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.
He added she told police in interview she had been out in the town the night before and was drinking red wine in the garden of a friend when she saw the bus.
Mr Warden said: "She said she started to laugh, sat in the driver's seat and drove the bus away.
"She admitted she got excited and drove it around but then she realised it was wrong and returned the bus."
He added she gave herself '10 out of 10' on a scale of drunkeness after drinking wine and vodka. The court heard she only had a provisional licence and was not insured to drive any vehicle.
John Haythorne, for Lake, said she had been diagnosed as autistic.
He added her flat was so full of hoarded 'bits and pieces' that she was staying with friends at Wembury Gardens.
Magistrates ordered a probation officer to prepare a report on her background before she is sentenced.
She was released on bail to return to face magistrates on June 15. Lake was given an interim driving ban.