Caught behind wheel - Spalding mum-of-six banned for drink-driving

A MUM of six who was banned from driving took to the wheel when there was no one to collect her son from school.

Penny Mills (37) was stopped in her tracks by a policeman who recognised her as a disqualified driver.

Mills, of Winsover Road, Spalding, was more than three times the limit with 108 microgrammes of alcohol in breath when arrested on Flower Parade Day, May 5.

She received a 24-month ban on May 24 but was stopped in her Mercedes within six weeks on July 3.

Mills pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified on Bourne Road, Spalding, and without insurance when she appeared before town magistrates on Thursday.

Sentence was adjourned to July 31 for reports.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said Mills admitted being a disqualified driver when stopped, but said she had to pick up her son from school.

Solicitor David Lee, mitigating, said the child’s father had been due to collect the boy but he had to go off to hospital with his partner who had a collapsed lung.

Mr Lee said: “She took the decision she had little choice but to go and collect the child. She accepts she could have caught a taxi or something similar.

“I have told Ms Mills that if she does it again she can expect the court to send her to prison.

“Since the ban was imposed she has had to rely on the ex-husband to get the children to school in various directions.

“She accepts that she has got to be punished for what she has done.”