Mother is sorry for driving offence

An Alnwick mother who pleaded guilty to drink-driving has expressed her deep regret and sorrow.

Kim Anderson, 50, of Augur Terrace, told magistrates at Bedlington on Tuesday that the offence, in the early hours of February 22, was out of character.

Police found her car stationary on Wagonway Road, Alnwick, after receiving a report of a road-traffic collision. She gave a reading at the police station of 57mg in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35.

She had been drinking with friends and after walking home, she discovered her daughter, who had been to a friend’s funeral, was still out. She said she was concerned and went to see if she could pick her daughter up, adding: “It was my mother’s instinct. I thought I was fine to drive. I’m sorry.”

Anderson was fined £195 and banned from driving for 16 months, reduced by 16 weeks if she completes a rehabilitation course.