Drink-drive coun­cil­lor was three times limit with girl, six, in car

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

ACOUNCILLOR has been banned from the road af­ter driv­ing while three times the limit with her chil­dren in the car.

Tracey Lorde, 45, who sits on Poyn­ton town coun­cil, was re­ported by her ex-part­ner af­ter she left their six-year-old daugh­ter and her 21-yearold son in her Ford Fo­cus with the en­gine run­ning, a court heard.

He called the po­lice and she re­turned to her ve­hi­cle to dis­cover they had re­moved her keys from the ig­ni­tion. She was ar­rested af­ter giv­ing a record­ing 107 mi­cro­grammes of al­co­hol in 100 millil­itres of breath. The le­gal limit is 35mgs.

Hair­dresser Lorde, of Lon­don Road South, Poyn­ton, ad­mit­ted drink driv­ing at Mac­cles­field Mag­is­trates Court on Tues­day, Septem­ber 8.

The court heard the de­fen­dant, who was elected to the coun­cil in May, is an al­co­holic who com­mit­ted the of­fence in the af­ter­math of the breakup from her part­ner.

Po­lice had at­tended her home less than an hour be­fore the of­fence when she ad­mit­ted she had been up all night drink­ing and had been abu­sive to an of­fi­cer.

But she was ar­rested later that day when her ex­part­ner saw her park out­side her hair sa­lon on School Lane.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Deb­bie Byrne, said: “PC Pod­more at­tended the de­fen­dant’s home. She said she had been up drink­ing un­til 4am and was ver­bally abu­sive.

“The of­fi­cer left but at 11am the wit­ness saw the de­fen­dant stand­ing next to her Ford Fo­cus out­side his shop on School Lane.

“She was parked at a odd an­gle with her son in the pas­sen­ger seat and daugh­ter in the back.”

When the de­fen­dant re­turned to her car she went to drive off, but the keys had been re­moved.

De­fend­ing, Ju­lian Far­ley said: “It was com­pletely out of char­ac­ter and deeply re­gret­table. She drove a very short dis­tance. There are per­sonal rea­sons be­hind this but she doesn’t wish me to say as she knows it will be re­ported in the lo­cal press. The cir­cum­stances why po­lice at­tended her home 45 min­utes be­fore was noth­ing to do with drink driv­ing.”

Mag­is­trates banned Lorde for 26 months. She was also given a 12 month com­mu­nity or­der, 80 hours un­paid work, £60 vic­tim sur­charge, £85 costs and £150 court charge.

Chair­man of the bench Stephen Con­quer said: “This was a high read­ing and you are dis­qual­i­fied for 26 months.”

●● Coun Tracey Lorde was banned from driv­ing

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