Drink-driver crashed car with chil­dren in the back

Macclesfield Express - - DRUGS MENACE - STU­ART GREER

AWOMAN who was more than twice the drink-drive limit crashed her car – while car­ry­ing two child pas­sen­gers.

Heather Rosling drunk half a bot­tle of Prosecco while clean­ing up af­ter her 50th birth­day party be­fore get­ting be­hind the wheel.

She then drove the Toy­ota Auris al­most six miles with the young­sters in the back of the car be­fore los­ing con­trol and crash­ing.

Rosling, a char­tered sec­re­tary, ‘stag­gered and lost her bal­ance’ while walk­ing from the am­bu­lance to the po­lice car, the hear­ing was told.

At Mac­cles­field mag­is­trates’ court on April 19, Rosling, of Dick­ens Lane, Poyn­ton, ad­mit­ted drink driv­ing.

She was sen­tenced to 150 hours un­paid work and banned from driv­ing for 23 months.

Si­mon Pover, prose­cut­ing, said: “On March 28 just af­ter 1pm po­lice at­tended an ac­ci­dent on Wilm­slow Road in Hand­forth at the junc­tion with the Clay Lane. Po­lice ar­rived to find a car on a grass verge and ex­ten­sive dam­age to the point the car’s front was en­tirely com­pacted.

“The of­fi­cer went to speak to de­fen­dant who was in the back of the am­bu­lance with two chil­dren. The of­fi­cer said she smelled strongly of al­co­hol. She was asked to come to the back of the po­lice car to be breathal­ysed.

“As she got out of the am­bu­lance she stag­gered and lost her bal­ance. The of­fi­cer had to hold her up to stop her from fall­ing. She said ‘I’m not that bad. It was my 50th birth­day party. I had half a bot­tle of Prosecco. It was stupid’.”

He added: “The breathal­yser read­ing was 92mg. The le­gal limit is 35mg.

“On the way to the po­lice sta­tion Rosling be­came up­set.

“A wit­ness saw the de­fen­dant go through a give way junc­tion, straight across the round­about up a grass mound and into a hedge, spin­ning 90 de­grees.”

Richard Daw­son, de­fend­ing Rosling, de­scribed the case as ‘very sad’.

He said: “She has been ef­fec­tively tee­to­tal for 18 months but de­cided to have a drink for her 50th birth­day party.

“In the morn­ing she was clean­ing up and de­cided to fin­ish the bot­tle of Prosecco off.

“She an­tic­i­pated stay­ing at home all day as it was a Bank Hol­i­day. She had a call from her mother who is 83 sum­mon­ing her and she took the fool­ish de­ci­sion to drive.

“She then mis­judged the round­about. She suf­fered a cut and bruis­ing.”

The chil­dren were not in­jured.”

●● Heather Gosling was banned from driv­ing for 23 months

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