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Accountant ‘drank wine in car to flee her mother’

remorseful’: Paulina
Gancarz outside
magistrates’ court

AN ACCOUNTANT who crashed her car while over the limit on the day she was due to appear in court over another drink-drive charge has avoided jail.

Paulina Gancarz was found slumped at the wheel of her Mini Cooper in a lay-by last month after drinking wine.

The court was told she was trying to ‘escape’ her mother with whom she had a ‘difficult’ relationship.

Gancarz, 34, was bailed to attend court after a roadside breath test showed 182mg of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath — the limit is 35mg.

Two weeks later — on April 30, the day she was due to appear before JPs — Gancarz was found to be three times over the limit after crashing her car at 7am near her apartment in Wilmslow, Cheshire.

At Stockport magistrates’ court, Gancarz wept as she admitted drink-driving and failing to provide a breath specimen. The court was told the offences arose out of her marital split which cost her £65,000 in legal fees. Gancarz claimed her traditional Polish mother, who had been looking after her seven-year-old daughter, had been ‘putting pressure’ on her and disapproved of the divorce which saw her lose her business and get a job on a ‘much lower’ salary.

The court was told the first offence happened when she decided to get away from her mother by sleeping overnight in her car with a bottle of wine. Gancarz said she did not know being drunk at the wheel of a parked car was an offence.

A probation report read to the court said: ‘Mrs Gancarz does have depression and anxiety. On April 14 she had been having an issue with her mother. They have a difficult relationship.’

Her lawyer Karen Rolls said Gancarz is ‘extremely remorseful’ and ‘vulnerable’. Gancarz was banned for three years, ordered to do 60 hours unpaid work, complete a drink-driver awareness course and pay £170 court costs.