Mum was more than four times over drink drive limit on school run

Last updated at 10:44 05 October 2007

A mother faces jail after swearing drunkenly at a lollipop man as she picked her children up from school.

Mum-of-three Debbie Leonard, 36, was four-and-a-half times over the drink-drive limit, magistrates heard.

The row began after Leonard parked her Vauxhall Corsa in front of the school gates, blocking other parents' cars.

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Another witness saw her entering the school unsteady on her feet and later smelled alcohol on her breath.

She was breathalysed and arrested.

Leonard, of Macclesfield, Cheshire, had 157 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

The legal limit is 35mg.

She admitted drink driving when she appeared at Macclesfield Magistrates court.

Sentencing was adjourned to a later date, pending reports.

Jonathan McGahan, prosecuting, said the defendant was stopped in her Vauxhall Corsa outside the school in July.

Mr McGahan said: "One witness said she saw the defendant enter the school grounds unsteady on her feet. Then she smelled alcohol on her breath.

"Then the school crossing man witnessed her car drive past and stop.

"He asked her to move it because it was causing an obstruction and she swore at him.

"He said she smelled of intoxicants."

Leonard told police she had been out for a meal with a friend and had only a small amount to drink.

But John Gallagher, defending, said Leonard did not have a drug or alcohol problem.

He told JPs: "She accepts that she consumed four-and-a-half times the legal limit. No one was in peril.

"Having drank she had to move her car to a car park where she would pick up her children and get a lift home with someone else.

"She has a seven, 10 and 12-year-old but she is separated from her husband.

"My client doesn't have any drink or drug problems.

"At the time she was suffering anxiety about unpaid bills and was in considerable difficulty emotionally."

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