A WOMAN whose husband called police to say she was driving after drinking heavily, falling and banging her head was found by a taxi driver barefoot and in her pyjamas, with a coat over the top.
Alerted by Sarah Lucille Dyer's husband, police began a search for his silver Volkswagen Golf in the early hours and one officer also went to her home at Berveth Close, Threemilestone, to wait for her.
By then she was in a taxi, telling the driver who picked her up in Truro that she needed to look for her husband's car, but they couldn't find it and the taxi took her home.
There the police officer smelt alcohol on her breath and she was arrested, testing at 74mcg of alcohol in breath, more than twice the legal limit for driving.
The car was found the following day, only a short distance from where she the taxi had picked her up, with damage to the offside, one of its wheels completely crumpled and a flat tyre.
Dyer, 32, had no previous convictions. Her solicitor Graham Calderwood said she did not remember much about what happened that night. She had a problem with binge-drinking and had fallen and hit her head.
There had been some disagreement at home and she had treatment for her head, but then for some reason she could not remember went out in the car. She had suffered for two years with postnatal depression and was now receiving treatment and counselling.
Dyer was fined £150 with £105 costs and surcharge and banned from driving for 20 months.