Drink-drive shopping mum had twins in car

PUBLISHED: 16:30 08 October 2015

Exeter Magistrates' Court

Exeter Magistrates' Court


A mother has been banned from driving after she took her 10-year-old twins shopping when she was two-and-a-half times over the drink-drive limit.

Police were tipped off by a convenience shop assistant,who served Karen Nowell and noticed her eyes were glazed, speech slurred and she was spitting as she spoke, a court heard.

She was arrested at her parents’ home address in Exmouth, after giving a positive breath test.

She apologised to police and said what she had done was wrong, after blowing 82mg of alcohol in her breath – the top legal limit is 35mg for driving.

In police interview, she said she had drunk three glasses of wine over four hours one Thursday afternoon last month before driving her children to the shop.

Prosecutor Lyndsey Baker said: “She was very tearful and apologised for having her kids in the car while drink-driving.”

Nowell, 48, of Trefusis Place, Exmouth, admitted drink-driving at Exeter Magistrates’ Court – and the court was told she had a previous conviction for drink-driving in 2009 at a time when her partner had died suddenly.

Warren Robinson, defending, said Nowell was a carer for her mother, but had not tried to ‘exonerate herself’ for what she had done.

Nowell was banned for 42 months and fined a total of £310 with court costs.

The JPs said it was a ‘very serious offence’ as she had her children in the car at the time and it was her second offence within a short period of time.

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