Drink-drive mum says kids were bullied after she was ‘named and shamed’ by police

Court news.
Court news.

A mum caught drink-driving for the second time claims her children were bullied after she was ‘named and shamed’ as part of a police crackdown.

Katie Leigh Stubley, 35, of Woad Farm Road in Boston, appeared before Boston Magistrates’ Court, on Wednesday, and pleaded guilty to drink-driving on Wybert Crescent, Wyberton, on December 13, 2013.

Prosecutor Marie Stace said police stopped Stubley’s silver Vauxhall Astra at 9.35am where they took a reading of 43 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Defending Beris Brickles said Stubley, a single mother of three, had been drinking with friends the night before until 10.30pm but had gone to bed after that.

The following morning she had gone in to work, only to find out she had lost her job.

It was on her way home when she was stopped by police who were looking for an Astra like hers in connection with another case.

Mr Brickles said: “There’s no suggestion here that her driving was poor or dangerous.”

He added that it was a routine with no suggestion that it was a result of the manner in which she drove.

Mr Brickles said Stubley had not eaten the night before. He said she had previously suffered from bulemia and found it difficult to eat but said she thought she would be fine after sleeping.

He said: “This has come as a result of her failure to eat the previous day. She hadn’t drunk copious amounts of alcohol.”

He said the charge would have ‘catastrophic effects’ as it meant a definite disqualification.

He added: “Her children already have been the subject of ridicule and bullying before today because the police controversially recently decided to publish cases before they went to court.

“They have many activities outside of school they may have to give up because they require a car to take them.

“She’s very angry that she finds herself in this position, not least because of the affect on her but because of the affect it’s going to have on her children.”

Stubley had had a previous disqualification for drink-driving from October 2008 and had taken the drink-drive rehabilitation course, but Mr Brickles asked for her to be offered it again.

Magistrates disqualified Stubley from driving for 36 months and agreed to offer her the course again, which gives her the chance to reduce her ban. They further ordered her to pay a £110 fine, £85 costs and £20 victim surcharge.