A MOTHER had her two children and a male passenger in her car shortly before police breathalysed her and she “blew” nearly four times the legal limit.
Katherine Parkin (32), of Rycroft Avenue, Deeping St James, gave a sample showing 136 microgrammes of alcohol in breath – the legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
A roadside test cannot be used as evidence in court, but Parkin refused to take the evidential test on a machine at Grantham Police Station on June 24.
Jim Clare, prosecuting, said a police officer described Parkin as very upset.
She became aggressive, argumentative and “gave a complete blanket refusal to comply with the breath test procedure”.
Parkin admitted failure to provide a breath test for analysis when she appeared before Spalding magistrates on Thursday.
She was banned from driving for 16 months, but can cut that by four months if she completes a rehabilitation course.
Parkin was also fined £350 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
The court heard Parkin was stopped in an Audi A4 in Bridge Street, Deeping St James.
Solicitor Sharon Lewis, mitigating, said Parkin did not comply with the test because she was concerned about her nine-year-old autistic son and wanted to make sure he was all right first.
The single mum also has a 19-month-old toddler.
Mrs Lewis said Parkin had been drinking throughout the day at a charity cricket match and when it came to late afternoon she wanted to take the children to bed “so she took the risk”.
She said Parkin was not aware at that stage the extent to which she would have been over the limit.
Mrs Lewis said Parkin works with children on behalf of Peterborough City Council and she has already been told that she is likely to lose the job even though she doesn’t have to drive to do carry it out.
Parkin also drives for a local garage and will no longer be able to do that work – and the garage itself, already financially struggling, could close as a result with the loss of other jobs.
Presiding magistrate John Reynolds told Parkin: “You are clearly going to pay heavily for this particular offence.”