Shoreham pensioner oldest female in country with drink-drive ban

AN 85-year-old Shoreham woman has been banned from driving after failing a breath test.

Betty Teague, of The Burrells, is believed to be the oldest woman in the country to be charged with drink driving.

She was arrested at 8.40pm on April 12 after officers found her driving slowly westbound on the A27 with no lights.

Having failed a breath test, she pleaded guilty to drink-driving at Brighton Magistrates Court on July 3.

The court heard she had 100 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, above the limit is 80 milligrammes.

Mrs Teague was fined £73, ordered to pay victim surcharge of £20 and court costs of £85. She was also banned from driving for 12 months.

Superintendent Jane Derrick said: “The case of Teague is an example of the fact that there is no such person as the typical drink-driver.

“We are catching people of all ages, of both sexes and of a range of backgrounds and occupations who think it is ok to risk their lives and the lives of other road users by having a drink and then getting behind the wheel.

“Teague could have easily caused an accident by the way she was driving but luckily we were able to stop her before that could happen and she is now banned from the roads for the next year.

“It is totally unacceptable to drink and drive. As far as we are concerned, one drink is one drink too many.”

A total of 100 people have been charged with offences after being stopped in June as part of Operation Dragonfly, the force’s crackdown on drink and drug-driving on the roads.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug driving or visit

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs call 999.