A WOMAN who reversed into a police car after drinking two bottles of wine has been given a two-year driving ban.

Jacqueline Barns, 56, of Green Street, Ryde, admitted drink driving when she appeared at the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court on Friday.

The court heard Barns was reported to the police by members of the public, who saw her drinking in her car at the Yaverland seafront car park on New Year's Day.

She had an alcohol reading of 94. The legal limit is 35.

Prosecutor Vivian Ducie said: "When police arrived, they flashed the vehicle to gain the attention of the occupant.

"She made to move off, but slowly reversed back into the police car.

"There was no damage to either vehicle."

Keith Verrinder, defending, said: "She had been living in temporary accommodation at a Sandown holiday park.

"She doesn't really drink but, when she does, she finds she drinks too much. The day before, she had drunk two bottles of wine.

"The following day, after an argument with her landlord, she was evicted.

"She got in her car and just drove away. She drove to the Yaverland car park, where she spent the rest of the night.

"She is very ashamed of finding herself in such a situation.

"Fortunately, she is now in more stable accommodation."

Magistrates sentenced Barns to a 12-month community order and banned her from driving for 24 months.

She was fined £40 and ordered to pay court costs of £40 and a £90 surcharge.

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