Concern for a partner cost a Haverfordwest cleaner £315 when she went looking for him in her car.

Sophie Wilkinson, of Trafalgar Road, Haverfordwest, pleaded guilty to driving while over the legal alcohol limit when she appeared before Haverfordwest magistrates on Tuesday, March 5.

Vaughan Pritchard-Jones, prosecuting, said police noticed a Kia Rio driving too fast for the road conditions on Trafalgar Road, Haverfordwest, at around midnight on February 17.

The car was seen to jolt up and down while going over a speed bump, and the officers believed it may have been travelling over the 30mph speed limit.

Officers could smell alcohol when they stopped the car and when taken to the police station, Wilkinson was found to have 62mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, the legal limit is 35mg.

Rebecca Carter, defending, said Wilkinson, who suffered from anxiety, was concerned about her boyfriend after he left her home following an argument, and went looking for him.

“She accepts she consumed alcohol and made the foolish decision to drive. She did not think she would be over the limit.

“She worries about everything and feared the worst. A short period afterwards she was stopped by the police.”

The court heard that Wilkinson, 23, was likely to lose her job as a cleaner as a result of a driving disqualification, but was able to walk to her evening job.

Magistrates banned Wilkinson from driving for 17 months and fined her £200.

She was ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £30 surcharge.

The chairman of the bench said: “There is no excuse for this offence.”