A novice driver spent her birthday celebrations at court, narrowly avoiding jail for drink driving.

Jade Hoppis, of Rosecroft Drive, Arnold, appeared before Nottingham Crown Court today, her 26th birthday, following the incident on October 5.

Hoppis was pulled over by a police officer after “weaving erratically and narrowly avoiding kerbs”, at 5am, just nine days after passing her driving test.

Miss Hill, prosecuting, told the court that the defendant was found to be three times over the legal alcohol driving limit when she and her passenger were pulled over on Oxclose Lane, Arnold.

Hoppis had previously admitted drink driving before magistrates on October 18 but was committed to Crown Court for sentencing.

The offence was committed whilst the defendant was serving an original suspended sentence from March, the court heard.

She had received a one month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, on March 9 after pleading guilty to two counts of handling stolen goods.

Miss Munroe, defending, told the court how the latest offence had affected Hoppis personally.

“She lost her job as a result of the drink driving charge, it’s been a very difficult time for her and her family.”

Miss Munroe added: “The suspended sentence (for the previous offence) should not be activated, the most recent offence is extremely different to the original offence of handling stolen goods.”

Sentencing Hoppis, the judge, Recorder Robert Spencer-Bernard, said: “I don’t believe it would be just for the court to impose this suspended sentence, but I am willing to increase the length of it.”

Hoppis’ one-month prison sentence will now be suspended for 18 months instead of 12.

She was also disqualified from driving for 24 months and given a community order lasting for one year.