A former financial adviser has been jailed for nine months for driving 23 miles the wrong way down a motorway drunk.
Deborah Hunt, of Langport, Somerset, was over the alcohol limit and was also driving without insurance when she committed the offence on 14 July.
The 43-year-old claimed she was suffering from alcoholism and stress caused by her unemployment and an ongoing battle with her former husband over custody of their children, the Daily Mail reports.
Hunt was caught on CCTV as she drove for at least 20 minutes in the southbound overtaking lane of the M5 after doing a U-turn in the carriage near Junction 24 for Bridgwater.
She was eventually found by police trying to restart the engine of her Peugeot 806.
Bristol Crown Court heard how Hunt, who admitted to the offences, had been out of work since being made redundant in May last year and had a long history of alcohol abuse.
Sentencing her, Judge Mark Horton said: "It is clear that the combination of the stress and alcoholism you have suffered created an extremely dangerous position, culminating in this offence.
"I would be failing in my duty if I did not reflect the seriousness of what you did by imposing an immediate custodial sentence."
Hunt was jailed her for seven months for dangerous driving and two months for drink-driving and must serve the sentences consecutively.
She was also banned from driving for 15 months.
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