Well-over-the-limit grandma fell out of car on school run

Court news.
Court news.

A 60-year-old grandmother who was collecting her grandson from school fell out of the car while she was more than three times over the drink driver limit, a court was told.

Gillian Blunt of Greenbank Close, Boston, admitted driving with excess alcohol when she appeared before Skegness magistrates on Wednesday.

It was said that emergency services were called to the school in Wyberton Low Road, Boston at 5pm on March 28 after Blunt fell out of her car after strapping her young grandson into the car when she had collected him from his school.

Police said she smelled strongly of alcohol, had slurred speech and glazed eyes.

She told them she had not drunk any alcohol since the previous day but gave a positive breath test and was arrested. At the police station she gave a reading of 129 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Mitigating, Roger Lowder said she had driven to the school at 4pm, strapped her grandson into his seat and then as she reached out to pull her door shut, fell out of the car which triggered someone to call the emergency services.

He said that this was very much an isolated incident.

“She has relived this day numerous times and cannot say why she did what she did,” he told the magistrates.

“It is so out of character for her to commit this offence. She is not an alcoholic.”

He said Blunt did not go out or sit at home drinking alcohol but on this occasion she had become very upset when she saw some people she had cared for before she had been made redundant and had bought a bottle of wine which she drank from through the day before going to pick up her grandson.

He added that she had not eaten for three days, something she did when she was depressed.

Asking the magistrates not to send her into immediate custody, he said she was a carer for her husband and that after she was disqualified she would no longer be able to drive her daughter around nor take her grandson to school.

“She will have difficulty coping with custody and her family will completely collapse,” said Mr Lowder.

The magistrates imposed a 12-week prison sentence suspended for 18 months and disqualified her from driving for three years, although they offered her the drink driver’s rehabilitation course which would reduce the period of disqualification by nine months.

She was also ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge and £85 in costs.