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School-run mum’s drink shame

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 17, 2014

Outwoods Primary School

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A MOTHER attempted to pick her children up from school in Burton while nearly FOUR times the drink-drive limit, a court heard.

But Angela Bowler never made it to Outwoods Primary School after crashing her car nearby in Harehedge Lane.

The driver of the Ford Transit, which was shunted by the 48-year-old mother from Stretton, called the police after noticing the strong stench of booze coming from Bowler.

Her solicitor Neil O’Driscoll told magistrates of her struggles with alcohol problems.

She has been warned she could face a prison sentence after blowing a staggering 131 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath following the crash on March 31. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Appearing at Burton Magistrates’ Court, Bowler, of Kenilworth Avenue, admitted a drink-driving charge and was told she faces an automatic driving ban that comes with testing over the legal limit - but was also warned the punishment could be much more severe.

Neil O’Driscoll, defending, told magistrates: “Clearly the reading is very high. The sentencing guidelines range from a community order up to 26 weeks in custody.

“Speaking to my client, it is clear she does have severe alcohol issues.”

Prosecutor Emma Thompson said: “She made full and frank admissions at the police station that she was going to collect her children from school.

“She collided slightly with a Ford Transit causing minor damage while going to Outwoods Primary School.”

Magistrates decided they wanted a report on Bowler’s background to be drawn up before handing out a punishment and sentencing was delayed until May 6.

She was given an interim driving ban until that date.

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