A WOMAN who shared a bottle of wine with a friend following a family row has been banned from driving for 14 months.

Bolton magistrates heard how Michelle Carter’s VW Bora was stopped by police on Smethurst Lane, Bolton at 1.30am on March 3.

Shazia Aslam, prosecuting, told how officers smelled alcohol which proved she was over the drink drive limit.

Carter, aged 37, of Closes Farm, Bolton, pleaded guilty to drink driving.

Adam Whittaker, defending, described Carter, who works as a tutor, as “a lady of previous impeccable good character.”

“It is a real shame she is before the court,” he said.

Mr Whittaker said Carter had been upset about an argument with her brother and a friend invited her to their house.

“She spent the evening with her friend and accepts, between the two of them, she consumed the best part of a bottle of wine,” he said.

“It was two glasses but she had not taken into account the size of the glasses. She made an error of judgement.”

He added that Carter had not previously drunk for several months since she was injured in a serious car accident.

As well as the driving ban, Carter was fined £366 and was ordered to pay £85 towards prosecution costs and a £36 victim surcharge.