A WOMAN who was caught drug-driving three times in a fortnight works for Poole council’s town centre management team.

As previously reported, Ilona Halpern, 44, of Slepe Crescent, Poole, pleaded guilty to three counts of driving with more than the legal limit of drugs in her system.

She was disqualified from driving for 18 months, given a 30-month conditional discharge and fined £210 at Poole Magistrates' Court.

She was stopped and arrested on Tuesday, August 15, in Bournemouth Road, on Thursday 24, in Ashley Road and on Friday 25 in Britannia Road.

Her LinkedIn profile shows her being involved in Poole’s town centre management, and she is recorded in minutes as being present at a meeting of Poole Business Improvement District.

It is understood she is part of the team supporting the town centre manager.

A spokesman for Borough of Poole said: “It is the council’s policy not to comment on individual staffing issues.”

Halpern had been the subject of Dorset Police’s Operation Dragoon, which targets high risk road users.

On all three occasions when she was stopped and arrested, she had cocaine or a cocaine body-breakdown product in her blood.

Her case was publicised by Dorset Police’s No Excuse team, which did not say what mitigating circumstances were advanced by her defence.