Grantham court: Dad tries to pick school children up while over drink-drive limit

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A drink-driving father was stopped by police as he was on his way to pick up his children from school.

Peter Thornton, 44, of Chapel Hill, Woolsthorpe, was caught after a member of the public alerted police to tell them Thornton was driving to the school in a green Vauxhall Vectra car.

Thornton admitted drink driving at Grantham Magistrates’ Court and was disqualified from driving for 12 months which will be reduced to nine if he takes up a drink driving rehabilitation course. He was also fined £110 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, told the court that Thornton was stopped in Trent Road by police who spotted the car. He immediately admitted he had been drinking and when he was about to be breath-tested he said: “It will be over, I know it will.”

The test showed Thornton had 59 mg of alcohol in 100 mls of breath. The limit is 35. Police had to make arrangements with Thornton’s wife to pick up the children.

Mr Clare added: “He accepts he had been drinking prior to collecting the children. He said he is going through a tough time.” He said Thornton had agreed to take the children swimming after school.

Defending, Rory Macmillan told the court that Thornton had undergone an operation in early 2012 and in July that year had had to leave his job as a car sales executive. On September 23 his wife had said she could not take the children swimming and had asked him to take them. He had been drinking wine at the time.

Mr Macmillan said Thornton was: “appalled by his decision and he fully accepts he should have made other arrangements.”