Driving ban for Plymouth woman who took minibus
A WOMAN who took a bus from outside its driver's home after a night spent drinking has been given a community order.
Stefanie Lake (pictured right), aged 26, drove the vehicle after it was left briefly unlocked in the street with the keys in the ignition in the morning, Plymouth magistrates heard.
Lake, who had been drinking all night, returned the bus after a short while. She was later found to have 78 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.
Lake, of Tamerton Foliot Road, had earlier admitted taking the minibus without consent on May 17.
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She also admitted drink-driving, driving without insurance and otherwise than in accordance with a licence.
Lake also pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine because she was found with a trace of the drug when arrested.
The original hearing was told the Target bus driver briefly left his Mercedes vehicle unlocked and with the keys in the ignition in Cheriton Close, West Park, at 9.30am.
Sentence was originally deferred and then further delayed because a probation report was not ready. Lake finally failed to turn up at court for her sentencing hearing.
She admitted failing to answer bail on October 29.
Lake was given a 12-month community order under probation supervision with the service's Female Offender Specified Activity Requirement. She was banned from driving for 17 months and ordered to pay costs of £85.