A mother in Cornwall has learned a valuable lesson regarding the dangers of being a drink-driver after she ventured onto the roads following a few a drinks and nearly struck a police officer.
This is Cornwall reports Leanne Clark, a mother of three, was at home drinking with a friend on February 28th when she received a call from another parent saying her son, who was having a sleepover at their house, had fallen ill.
Rather than book a taxi or ask someone else to pick up her son, she took the decision to drive in order to bring him home, but it was a decision she would later come to regret.
Bodmin magistrates’ court head on Monday (March 17th) how Ms Clark was spotted driving erratically at close to midnight on the A39 – driving on the wrong side of the road – by a marked police vehicle, almost colliding with the officer.
When she was stopped, Ms Clark was found to be more than three times the legal drink-drive alcohol limit – with a breathalyser result of 112 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.
As a result of her actions, Ms Clark was fined £280 and banned from driving for two years and one month. However, in lieu of a number of positive character references and that this was her first offence, this ban was later reduced to 25 weeks on the proviso she undertook a drink-drive rehabilitation course.
She was warned however by the magistrate presiding that she would have to demonstrate her fitness to drive safely and responsibly to local council officials before being able to have her licence returned to her.
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