A MOTHER has received a driving ban and a fine after she was caught driving over the limit whilst taking her children on the morning school run.
Emily Colbourne, 33, was pulled over by the police in Small Dole at 9.30am on December 1 2014 after they received a tip-off from her husband.
Defending the mother-of-four at Worthing Magistrates Court on Tuesday, Mark Rogers, said: “She’s accepted that two of her children were on board.
“She’d been out with friends to the pub the night before and when she got home she found an unhappy husband.”
Mr Rogers said her husband, who works as a mechanic, was upset because she had been out late.
“There was a domestic argument. She slept for a few hours and then got up.”
Mr Rogers continued to say that the husband took the two youngest children to school on the morning of December 1, and Mrs Colbourne took the two eldest to a school in Upper Beeding.
“The husband was the one who called the police,” he said.
“She never intended to put her children at risk. She was anxious.
“If he knew, he should have taken all the children to school.
Although the Henfield resident had a previous driving conviction in February 2005, Mr Rogers asked the magistrates to take into consideration that it was almost ten years ago and a ban would affect future school runs.
He also added that Mrs Colbourne had filed for bankruptcy after the loss of her business and is unable to pay any fines.
Mrs Colbourne pleaded guilty to exceeding the prescribed limit of alcohol.
She was found at the scene to have 57 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres on breath.
The magistrates ruled that Mrs Coulbourne will be disqualified from driving for 36 months and will be able to apply for a new licence towards the end of her ban in 2017.
She was fined £110, with costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20. Because Mrs Colbourne was unable to pay on the day, a 14 day collection order was placed.
“The income is her husband’s,” said Mr Rogers. “She doesn’t have any income, she’s bankrupt and so doesn’t have any money on her. It’s going to come out of the joint family income.”
Mrs Colbourne was also requested to take a drink driving rehabilitation course.
Sussex Police caught Mrs Colbourne as part of Operation Dragonfly, a year-round strategy to remove drink and drug-drivers from the streets.
Road policing unit officers are on dedicated patrols looking for offenders.
Teams will also respond to tip-offs from members of the public who see someone they know has been drinking getting into a car to drive, accord to Sussex Police.
People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug driving or visit www.operationcrackdown.co.uk.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.