Drink-drive school run mum 'vilified' on social media is given 25-month ban


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A WOMAN caught drink-driving while on the school run has been given a 25-month driving ban.

Angela Claire Partington, 35, of Highfields in Iscoyd, near Whitchurch, admitted driving in School Lane, Bronington, on February 17, while over the alcohol limit.

At an initial hearing in Mold, magistrates heard how police, acting on a tip-off, found she had 90 microgrammes of alcohol in her breath compared with the legal limit of 35 and that the case was aggravated the fact she drove to school with a young child in the car.

At a further hearing at Wrexham Magistrates Court on Friday, she admitted driving a vehicle on a road or in a public place without insurance.

Court duty officer Andrew Connah told the court: “She is extremely aware that the situation is aggravated by the fact she had a child in the car. She appears ashamed that she placed her children’s safety at risk.

“She said she drank a bottle of wine on Valentine’s Day with her partner and the day after had been drinking with her mother. On the day of the offence she had a drink, and lost track of how many she had. She is adamant there is not a problem with alcohol.”

The court heard how police went to the school after receiving the tip-off and saw Partington, who appeared hesitant to drive away from the scene and was at one point seen moving over into the passenger seat of the car.

Euros Jones, defending, said: “Her children saw her being arrested by the police. She has been vilified in the press and social media over this, the comments made have been horrendous towards her.

“She has been cooperative with everyone involved. She is adamant there is not an alcohol problem.

“She is full of regret and she wants to put this behind her and move on with her life as best she can.”

Chair of magistrates Celia Jenkins handed Partington a 25-month driving ban, with the possibility of a reduction if she completes a drink driving course, adding the court takes a ‘very dim view’ of drink driving offences, particularly as there were children involved.

Partington was also made to pay a total of £350 – a £180 penalty for the charge of using a vehicle without third party insurance, £85 court costs and an £85 victim surcharge.

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