A 91-year-old woman has become the oldest person in the UK to be convicted of drink driving after she crashed her Audi A3 into a lamp post.

Pauline Horrigan lost control of the highly-specced car while driving through Colchester in Essex. She failed a pair of breathalyser tests at the scene before being arrested. She was recorded with 47 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath – well over the legal limit of 35.

Following the incident Horrigan, who has been driving for 76 years, admitted to drink-driving and pledged to give up her car following the end of her 14-month driving ban.

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Horrigan reportedly struggled to hear the court proceedings, repeatedly asking solicitors to speak up in Colchester Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

'At quarter past eight in the evening on Sunday, June 3 the defendant drove her grey Audi along Abbots Road, Colchester, where it is said she lost control and collided with the central reservation island causing her vehicle damage and damage to the street furniture,' said Prosecutor Danielle Jones. 'Police arrived and the road side test was complied with and came back as positive, the defendant was arrested and taken to Colchester Police Station.'

'She gave two samples of breath both being 47 in 100ml of breath.'

Horrigan was credited for pleading guilty, but was ordered to pay £319 costs on top of her driving ban.

Horrigan is the oldest person to ever be convicted of drink driving in the UK following 85-year-old Betty Teague in 2014, and 88-year-old David Bye in 2013.