A South Witham mother who drove after drinking alcohol as she searched for her son, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a breath specimen.
Prosecutor Daniel Pietryka described how 39-year-old Rachel Hunt of Halford Close, South Witham, was found parked up by police at about 1.15am on April 4.
They noted that Hunt’s speech was slurred and that she was unsteady on her feet, but she repeatedly refused to give a breath sample at the roadside and also back at the police station.
Simon Cobb, defending, said that Hunt had recently gone through a very difficult time and her drink driving followed an incident earlier that night in a pub to which police had been called.
Mr Cobb told the court Hunt had witnessed her son being set upon by a group of men, and that he then disappeared with his mother unable to contact him. She consequently decided to drive to try and find him despite having drunk alcohol.
Hunt questioned the officers who stopped her about her son, but on not receiving a ‘satisfactory answer’ she refused to co-operate with the breath test.
In court the defendant, who works at a pub and has no previous convictions, was described by Mr Cobb as ‘entirely remorseful’.
She was disqualified from driving for 18 months with the chance to reduce this by 18 weeks through completion of a drink driver rehabilitation course.
Hunt was also fined £150, in addition to £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.