A BARNOLDSWICK woman who drove while more than three times over the limit and with a child in the car has been banned from driving for 28 months.

Skipton magistrates told Katie Gibson they were ‘shocked’ at the high reading and because she had had a young child with her at the time.

In addition to the ban, they handed her a 12 month community order, requiring her to complete up to 20 rehabilitation requirement days.

Gibson, 35, the court heard, had shared a bottle of wine with her mother on August 28 before heading out to Skipton to collect some belongings from her ex partner’s house.

She was on Skipton Road, Thornton-in-Craven, at 11.30pm when she drove into a road sign and a tree, the court was told.

Police, responding to a call about a collision, found Gibson in a Vauxhall Zafira at a junction with Barnoldswick and with the child in the front passenger seat.

She had 114 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit is 35.

Gibson, who admitted drink driving, was a woman of previous good character who had come to court expecting to be sent to prison, the court heard.

In mitigation, Mark Newall, said she had never been in trouble before and very much regretted her actions.

He said she understood she had a problem with alcohol, and had already taken steps to sort it out.

Gibson, of Oak Terrace, Barnoldswick, will also have to pay costs of £85 and surcharge of £85. If she completes a drink drivers rehabilitation course, her ban will be reduced by 28 weeks.


Sory courtesy of Craven Herald