An embroideress was caught drink driving after her eagle-eyed neighbours called the police.
And they also provided CCTV showing Claire Fleming twice jumping into her car while double the limit.
Fleming, 40, first raised suspicion after she leapt from a taxi and went into her home in Norton Road, High Southwick.
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Minutes later, she took off in her VW Golf, but soon returned empty handed, a court was told.
Prosecutor Glenda Beck said she repeated the trick in the blink of an eye, raising suspicions from behind residents’ curtains.
Police arrived to find her car parked outside, its engine warm – and Fleming let them inside and confessed to having been boozing.
Mrs Beck told South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court: “Officers attended the area of Norton Road, following reports of a drink driver.
“Ms Fleming was identified and said she had had a drink. She was arrested.
“An open container of alcohol was seized from where she had been sitting.
“She was asked what she’d had to drink, and replied, ‘Four pints’.”
Fleming gave a reading of 73mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.
Mrs Beck added: “She was interviewed and was told that witnesses in her street had seen her being dropped off in a taxi.
“They saw her go into her house and then into her car, and drive off.
“She was gone for a few minutes before returning home, and driving off again.
“CCTV was obtained from neighbours by officers which showed her being dropped off, going and driving, returning home and leaving again.”
Mrs Beck said police also obtained footage from an Asda outlet which showed Fleming going inside and then leaving with a product.
Duncan Emmerson, defending, said: “This is about as straightforward a case as you can get.
“She had been out with friends, she has had some alcohol and has returned home.
“She decided that she would like some more to drink. She went out but returned home because she had forgotten her bank card.
“She has gone out to get alcohol from a garage. There’s no evidence whatsoever of bad driving.
“The whole incident was captured on CCTV. She drove a short distance, half a mile there and half a mile back.”
Magistrates banned Fleming, who pleaded guilty to driving whilst unfit through drink, from driving for 20 months.
She was fined £323, and must pay £85 court costs and a £34 victim surcharge.