A leading civil suit lawyer has been banned from the road for drink-driving after vandalizing her luxury Porsche 4×4 after a white wine bout at her law practice.
Natasha Banjo, 40, was found 14 points above the alcohol limit by police after crossing an intersection in her 3-litre Cayenne and plowing through a wall.
She had previously been drinking with colleagues when fellow partners brought food and wine to her office near Bolton, Greater Manchester.
Natasha Banjo, 40, has been banned from the road after admitting to drink-driving. She had been drinking in her office in Bolton, Greater Manchester, on November 4 when she decided to drive home. She crashed into a front yard wall, causing extensive damage to her Porsche Cayenne
A court heard that the mother of three planned to stay in her office all night and work on a case, but at 12:30 p.m., for unknown reasons, decided to drive back to her farmhouse that she shares with her interior designer, husband. and family.
After the collision, Banjo was treated in hospital as a precaution, but was not found to have suffered any injuries. The car and the wall were badly damaged, but insurers covered the repair costs.
Banjo admitted to the Bolton magistrate that she was under the influence of drink-driving after changing her initial not-guilty plea and was disqualified from the road for 12 months and fined £800 with £180 in costs and surcharges.
She has since resigned her directorship to the practice and is currently believed to be working as an independent consultant for another company.
Banjo plowed through a front yard wall at a house in Bolton, Greater Manchester, in her Porsche Cayenne while 14 points over the alcohol limit
The crash occurred on Nov. 4, three months after Banjo, who qualified as a lawyer in 2007, worked at Bolton-based Goldman Knightley as a personal injury and clinical negligence attorney.
Vincent Yip prosecutor said: ‘The crime took place at 12:50 am, so just after midnight. The location was the intersection of Morris Green Lane and Lever Edge Lane. Miss Banjo was driving her Porsche on Lever Edge Lane at the time and there is a T-junction.
“But she crossed the intersection and walked into a front yard. She caused damage to the front yard wall and damage to her own vehicle. The police arrived and Mrs. Banjo was checked by the paramedics.
“She was taken to hospital as a precaution and while she was in hospital, the police performed the blood procedure. Miss Banjo was discharged from the Royal Bolton Hospital. She was taken home by the police while the blood sample was sent for analysis.’
Tests showed that Banjo had 94 micrograms of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood. The legal limit for blood alcohol is 80 mg.
To extenuate, attorney Simon Morton said, “My client is a lawyer and she had been working the day before this incident. She had been working from the start of the day until the time of the accident.
“She was one of the three directors. One of the other directors brought food and wine into the office at one point during the evening.
“She intended that she would work through the night and not return home. She drank the alcohol there.
“But she felt she didn’t want to spend the night there and decided to drive home. She was ninety percent through the trip. She says she saw lights coming from the right. That’s why she thinks the accident happened. She collided with a garden wall.
The mother of three had planned to stay in her office all night and work on a case, but at 12:30pm, for unknown reasons, decided to drive back to her farmhouse which she shares with her interior designer, husband and family, so heard a court.
After the crash, Banjo was taken to hospital as a precaution. Tests showed she had 94 micrograms of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg
“When the police arrived, they cooperated fully. Throughout this process there was cooperation from her. She has no convictions or warnings. It’s something she finds disturbing. She knows this will cause the loss of her good character.
“She was under tremendous pressure at that point in her life. As for her current position, she has resigned as director. She decided it was too busy.
‘She is now effectively self-employed. It has had a significant impact on her pay and work, but it’s better in terms of her work balance. She has three children. She has taken a step back and found a better balance in her life. The reading was at the bottom of the scale.
“There is one aggravating feature, the minor collision on the road. She was fully insured. There was no problem with the repair to her vehicle and the wall in question. She is genuinely repentant and has a positive good character. She has taken steps of her own accord and has improved her work-life balance.
“Given her relative weekly income, that’s £800 a week. I request you to keep the disqualification as short as possible.’
When asked if she had anything to say, Banjo said to the JPs, “I’m very sorry and I’m sorry.” She will be offered a place on a drunk driving rehabilitation course.
According to her online work profile, Banjo’s areas of expertise include personal injury, clinical negligence, dental negligence, general civil lawsuits including negligence and contract litigation, and financial misdemeanor claims filed under the Consumer Credit Act 1974 as a result of unfair creditor/debtor relationships.