A Swindon woman alleged to have been drunk behind the wheel of a car that crashed on Kingsdown Drive, killing a popular dad and grandad, has appeared in court for the first time. 

Paula Rendell, 50, of Abbey View Road, Moredon, was charged with causing the death of Paul Morton by careless driving while over the prescribed alcohol limit

Mr Morton, from Swindon, died when a white Audi A3 left the carriageway on Kingsdown Road and hit a tree on June 17, last year.

Swindon Advertiser: Paula Rendell outside court on Wednesday morningPaula Rendell outside court on Wednesday morning (Image: Newsquest)

It has been alleged that the defendant had 99 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, which is higher than the 80 milligrams legal limit.

She appeared at Swindon Magistrates’ Court this morning (April 3) only to formally identify herself and no plea was made at this time. 

Magistrates decided that as an indictable-only offence, it was too serious for them to deal with it in their court, so the case has been referred to Swindon Crown Court. 

Rendell was given unconditional bail, but ordered to appear at Swindon Crown Court on May 3 at 10am.