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A drink-driving golf pro, who was once tipped to be the game's next female star, downed three vodkas with her prestigious club colleagues before 'swerving across the road'.
Charlotte Leathem, 27, was found to be more than three times the legal alcohol limit when police stopped her Ford Puma after she drove out of a pub car park.
Officers spotted the golfer, who lives in the village of Nether Alderley, Cheshire, driving very close to the central line before swerving and almost colliding with the kerb.
She was said to be slightly unsteady on her feet and slurred her words when taking a breath test.
Failing the test, she was found to have 106 micro-grams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 mcg.
Pictured outside Crewe magistrates court is Charlotte Leathem a professional golfer once tipped to the next biggest star in the women's game
Leathem, 27, was found to be more than three times the legal alcohol limit when police stopped her Ford Puma after she drove out of a pub car park
Officers spotted the golfer (pictured while competing), who lives in the village of Nether Alderley, Cheshire, driving very close to the central line before swerving and almost colliding with the kerb
At Crewe Magistrate's Court, Leathem was banned from driving for 26 months after admitting driving with excess alcohol.
The athlete, who turned professional in 2018 after starting golf when she was just four years old, was also ordered to complete a 12-month community with 80 hours of unpaid work and pay £213 in costs and victim surcharge.
The court heard it is feared she could lose her job as assistant manager at the prestigious 120-year-old Hale Golf Club, near Altrincham.
Leathem's car was seen by police leaving the Coach and Four pub's car park, in Wilmslow, at around 10.40pm on May 18. Officers noticed it swerving and nearing the central line.
Prosecutor Yvonne Dobson said: 'The officers stopped the vehicle. The defendant was in the driver's seat. Whilst dealing with the defendant the officer noted that she was slightly unsteady on her feet and slurring her words.
'When she was asked for a roadside breath