Mum was over limit as she drove her child

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A mother was more than three times over the drink drive limit when she crashed as she drove her four-year-old son home.

Joanne McIntosh, 42, of Pheasants View, Wrea Green, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

She was sentenced to do 40 hours unpaid work for the community, banned from the road for 26 months and ordered to pay £85 costs with £60 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Michael Hopkinson sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said that on March 22, at 9.20pm, McIntosh left the grill and bar restaurant at Ribby Hall Holiday Village.

She had her four-year-old son with her and was driving a Nissan Tino towards her lodge at the holiday village when she crashed into a parked Audi.

Both cars were damaged, but she carried on to her lodge where police found her. A breath test showed 119 micrograms of alcohol in her body – 35 is the limit.

When interviewed McIntosh said she had been going through emotional turmoil at the time. She had taken her son to an art session at the holiday centre’s restaurant. She met a couple she was friends with. She poured her heart out to them and the husband bought her drinks.

She said she did not remember the collision.

McIntosh added she felt her behaviour was disgusting because she had put her son at risk, but she had acted out of character.

Leisa Splaine, defending, said her client had no previous convictions and asked for pre-sentence reports on her.