King’s Lynn woman admits being drunk in charge of a child

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120910144054
The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120910144054
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A Lynn mother crashed her car into traffic lights while around three times over the drink-drive limit and with her daughter in the back, magistrates have heard.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to being drunk in charge of a child under the age of seven and failing to provide a breath specimen for analysis yesterday.

Alison Cotterill, prosecuting, told the hearing police were called to a single vehicle crash in Lynn on the evening of November 4.

A passer-by had told officers she believed the driver involved had been drinking. The woman herself then told officers: “I’m so sorry. I’ve been so stupid.”

The woman gave roadside and police station breath tests showing she had 104 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – almost three times the legal limit of 35.

However, she was charged with failing to provide as she did not provide a second sample at the police station, as required for evidence.

Charlotte Winchester, mitigating, said her client had been driving to a relative’s home when the crash happened and had felt “fine” to get behind the wheel.

She said: “She is absolutely devastated about what could have happened with her daughter being in the car.”

The court was also told the woman had referred herself for specialist help following the crash.

Magistrates imposed a £100 fine and a 12 month driving ban, plus a £150 criminal courts charge and a £20 victim surcharge.