A woman has been banned from the roads for two years after being caught drink driving home from a festival with her children in the back of the car.
The Wigan woman had drunk toffee-flavoured vodka on the final night at the festival before topping up with a glass of wine and driving home on May 28.
Stockport Magistrates heard that the mother-of-two believed she was exhausted from sunburn rather than drunk.
On the afternoon in question another motorist saw the woman’s car swerving in the road and, having overtaken the swerving vehicle, the woman crashed into the back of the motorist. No-one was injured.
While a roadside breath test provided two different readings, a later blood alcohol test found her to be more than three times the legal drink driving limit.
Prosecuting, Steve Woodman said: “On May 28 at around 3.30 in the afternoon, a [witness] was driving along Pickmere Lane in Cheshire and she came behind a Ford vehicle that was veering across the lanes.
“She overtook the Ford car and saw the driver, [the defendant], and thought that she looked drunk. As she moved in front of the Ford car, it went into the back of her car.
“[The witness] got out and spoke to [the defendant] and called the police. The police came and did a breathalyser test and found her to have two readings – 150mg of alcohol in her breath and 130mg.
Maria Brannon, speaking on behalf of the defendant, told the court: “She is of good character, with no previous convictions, and has been driving for 19 years with no endorsements.
“She has two daughters who are two and four years of age, and she is well regarded in her job working in administration at Wigan Council.
“She was at the Geronimo Festival in Cheshire with her children and her and her friend had been camping there and they didn’t drive home until after lunch.
“A combination of the alcohol from the night before and the sunburn made her feel ill when she was driving home.
“She is aware that she is going to be disqualified from driving today.
“She is very ashamed of what happened.
“This incident was completely out of character for her and it is highly unlikely that she will commit an offence like this again.
“She went with her two children and another family to the festival at Arley Hall.
“She said that she felt tired just before she drove home but put it down to sunburn. So, she decided to drive – a decision that she bitterly regrets.
“She took a wrong turn and got lost down a country lane and this was where the accident happened.
“A woman had driven in front of her and [she] had not seen her until it was too late. She was very apologetic to the woman and the police and there was no damage caused to the car.
“[She] bitterly regrets her decision to drive with the children in the back of her car.”
“But there are mitigating factors. First of all, the immediate guilty plea; secondly her lack of previous convictions, and also her exemplary character. She is the sole primary career of her two young children.”
Having entered a guilty plea to drink driving charges, the woman was handed a 12-month community order with 100 hours of unpaid work. Magistrates also banned her from driving for two years.