Shamed mum drove while three times limit

A MOTHER of two drove a car carrying her children into oncoming traffic while she was three times the legal drink-drive limit, a court has heard.

A MOTHER of two drove a car carrying her children into oncoming traffic while she was three times the legal drink-drive limit, a court has heard.

Katy Foskew told a judge she had been unaware that drinking a bottle of wine and a can of cider would leave her in excess of the legal drink-drive limit.

Foskew, of Garrods, Capel St Mary, was banned from driving for two years at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court after admitting the offence and driving her boyfriend's BMW without an MOT test certificate.

The 44-year-old was seen by a former work colleague reversing out of a parking bay outside the Capel St Mary Co-op store at around 7pm on March 2.


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The witness said Foskew then left the car park and drove on to the wrong side of the road, colliding with an oncoming car and leaving the male driver with minor neck and back injuries.

Stephen Colman, prosecuting, told the court that Foskew was arrested at the scene of the crash. A breath test returned a reading of 107 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood - the legal limit being 35mcg.

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Mr Colman said: “In a police interview the defendant admitted drinking a bottle of wine before taking a nap.

“After picking her children up from school she drank a can of cider and took her children in her partner's car to the Co-op. She said she felt tipsy but not drunk.

“She took full responsibility for the accident, believing she had over-steered and hit an oncoming vehicle.”

Upon hearing the details of the incident, Foskew addressed the court saying: “I'm just terribly sorry and ashamed of myself.

“I didn't realise how little it took to be over the limit.”

District Judge David Cooper banned Foskew from driving for two years, ordering her to attend a 12 month supervision programme and pay �65 in court costs.

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