A MOTHER of six was more than three times the legal drink-drive limit when police asked her to leave a BMW for her own safety.
Police travelling between Spalding and Weston spotted Penny Mills “parked” at rightangles to the A151 road at 7.38pm on Saturday, May 5 – Flower Parade Day – prosecutor Rebecca Ritson told Spalding magistrates on Thursday.
Miss Ritson said the car was being driven slowly backwards and forwards, no more than 12 inches in each direction.
As a police officer approached, he could immediately smell alcohol.
Mills told the officer she “got the vehicle stuck while trying to do a U-turn”.
He decided for her personal safety to ask her to leave the vehicle.
Miss Ritson said a test at the police station showed 108 microgrammes of alcohol in breath – the legal limit is 35mcgs.
Mills (37), of Winsover Road, Spalding, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol and without insurance.
She was disqualified from driving for 24 months for the drink-drive offence, fined £120 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
Mills was banned for six months, to run at the same time, for the insurance offence. She can cut the overall ban by six months if she completes a rehabilitation course.
Presiding magistrate Jo Sunner explained the bench had been more lenient than their guidelines suggested “solely because there are children involved.”
Solicitor David Lee, mitigating, said Mills and her ex-husband share the school run – setting off to schools in different directions – and a ban would hit the family hard.
He said: “The consequences for the family are going to be quite disastrous.”
Mills thought she was insured at the time of the offence because her ex-husband used to arrange it.
He said: “She accepts fully it was a high reading. It was Tulip Day in Spalding. She went out with the intention to get a taxi back, but unfortunately she couldn’t find one and she made the foolish decision to drive home.”