A DRUNK woman who ignored officers' warnings to not drive home has been found guilty and fined £690.

Nayane Dacosta, 28, of Brean Road in Redhouse was a passenger in a white Mini that police stopped on Elstree Way in the early hours of December 30 2019.

The 28-year-old driver Jean Manata of St James' Road in Sutton failed a roadside breathalyser test and was arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

Dacosta admitted that she too had been drinking and was over the limit, so police told her not to drive the Mini home - but a short time later, they found the vehicle outside her home address.

Officers asked Dacosta to complete a breath test then arrested her when she failed it.

Manata was sentenced back in February and was disqualified from driving for 16 months and Dacosta was found guilty and sentenced on Monday.

As well as being disqualified from driving for 12 months, she must pay costs to the Crown Prosecution Service of £775, a victim surcharge of £69 and a £690 fine.

PC Sean Williams said: “Despite us warning Dacosta not to drive the vehicle home whilst intoxicated, she made the decision to get behind the wheel of the car and drive whilst drunk.

"This is completely unacceptable behaviour – driving having consumed alcohol puts yourself and other road users at serious risk.

“Here in North Swindon we are regularly receiving emails in relation to the standard of driving on Thamesdown Drive and the surrounding area.

"We are committed to tackling this to ensure the safety of our residents and those passing through the area, we regularly conduct patrols in the area and both of these arrests were conducted as a result of these patrols.

“If you suspect somebody of drink driving, please do contact us by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency, and provide as much detail as possible including a description of the vehicle, and direction of travel if possible.”