Grantham court: Mother pretended to be passenger

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A mother-of-five has admitted to three driving offences after being stopped by police while travelling through Grantham.

Jenna Lawless, 35, of Eden Crescent, Chatteris, pleaded guilty to driving over the alcohol limit, and without third party insurance or a licence.

Shelley Wilson, prosecuting, detailed how at 3.12am in the morning police were alerted to a Skoda Fabia driving very slowly on the A52.

At Bridge End Road by McDonald’s restaurant the car stalled when the traffic lights turned green and, as police put it, “bunny hopped” over the junction.

They then stopped the vehicle and spoke to a man who had got out of the the passenger side, while the defendent, who they had seen in the driver’s seat moved across.

When police challenged her on this Lawless admitted that she wasn’t supposed to be driving because she didn’t have a licence or insurance, and was also found to be over the drink drive limit, recording 54 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

Stuart Wild, defending, explained that Lawless and the man were on their way to Gainsborough after attending her cousin’s birthday party, where she had drunk alcohol.

He told the court Lawless was a full-time mother of five children aged between two and 15 and was travelling to see her mum when the incident happened.

Lawless was disqualified for 16 months for drink-driving and ordered to pay two fines of £110 each for not having a licence or insurance, in addition to prosecution costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.