Padiham mum on benefits after drink-drive conviction

Burnley Magistrates Court.
Burnley Magistrates Court.
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Á Padiham mum said to have crashed into a parked car while over the limit told police she been drinking vodka, a court heard.

Burnley magistrates were told how single parent Emma Louise Parkinson (27) had a cleaning company until she committed the offence, but was now on benefits. Her solicitor told the hearing: “This conviction has disastrous consequences for her.”

Parkinson, of Church Street, Padiham, admitted driving with excess alcohol in Pendle Street, on May 17th.

The hearing was told the defendant gave a roadside breath test which revealed 49 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath. At the police station, she blew 41 micrograms. The legal limit is 35. Parkinson declined to give a sample of blood or urine.

The defendant was fined £110, with £25 costs, a £20 victim surcharge and a £150 criminal court charge. She was banned for 12 months.