Court hears horse woman's dream led her to drive into March after drinking bottle of wine
16:48 – 19 May 2010
A VIVID dream caused professional horsewoman Lucy Adams to leave her bed in her horse trailer and drive into March in the early hours.
But Adams had earlier drunk a bottle of wine– police spotted her driving a Landrover erratically — and she gave a breath test reading more than double the legal alcohol limit.
She told police she needed to get medical help for a friend who had suffered an asthma attack.
"But she did not know where she intended to go, or where the doctor's surgery was," prosecutor Emma Duckett told Fenland magistrates.
"She had mounted the nearside verge on several occasions and crossed the central white line in the road."
Solicitor Phil Cookson said Adams had been taking anti-depressants, and a recognised effect of them was abnormal dreams.
"She suffered very vivid and compelling dreams," he explained. "A vivid dream caused her to get into her car and drive for medical assistance for her friend.
"The next thing she knew, she recalls waking up in the car with the police blue lights flashing behind her."
Adams is sole proprietor of Unique Quarter Horses, which helps promote the sport of western riding in the UK and the quarter horse.
The 29-year-old, of Low Fulney, Spalding, admitted drink driving on the B1101 Elm Road at March on May 2.
Before the incident, Adams had been attending an event at Coldham Bank. She had been stressed after discovering her boyfriend was married, and had drunk a bottle of wine at a party.
"She is ashamed of her actions and apologises for what she has done," he said.
"Clearly something caused a trigger for this to happen, it was a combination of events, the discovery about her boyfriend, the vivid dream caused by the anti-depressants, accentuated by her having drunk that evening."
The court banned Adams from driving for 18 months and fined her £280 with £85 costs and a £15 surcharge.