Grantham court: Drink driver was upset with herself

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A drink driver was upset with herself because a ban from the roads would mean she could not take her deaf son to school.

Lisa Katherine Gill, 43, of Trent Road, Grantham, admitted drink driving on February 18 near her home.

Prosecuting, Daniel Pietryka told Grantham magistrates that Gill was stopped by police in her Range Rover at 5pm in Trent Road. She had been seen earlier on CCTV looking unsteady on her feet.

Mr Pietryka said her vehicle was stopped and it was established she had been drinking and failed a roadside breathtest.

At the police station she gave a further reading of 62 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Chris Pye-Smith, defending, said Gill had not been dealt with for offences of this type before and that this was “nothing more than a misjudgment”. He said Gill had not realised the level of alcohol would be as high as it was.

Mr Pye-Smith said Gill was upset because she would not be able to drive her son to the Royal School for the Deaf in Derby. He said: “She takes him there on a daily basis and this will make things very difficult indeed. She is very upset with herself for causing a major problem. Hopefully she will find a way around it.

“If in any way you are able to bring the disqualification period down, I would ask you to do so.”

Magistrates fined Gill £110 and disqualified her from driving for 17 months.

They ordered her to pay costs of £40 and a victim surcharge of £20.

Gill will be able to reduce the driving ban by four months if she completes a drink driver’s rehabilitation course.