Mum drove to pick up son four times over limit

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A MOTHER-OF-ONE has avoided jail after being caught drink-driving when she went to pick her son up from school, four times over the limit.

Sarah Scearce, 32, from Beacon Mount, Park Gate, appeared at Fareham Magistrates’ Court.

She pleaded guilty to being over the prescribed limit, with 157mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

Scearce was given a custodial sentence, suspended for a year.

Chairman of the bench Graham Aiken said: ‘There are three reasons why we considered a custodial sentence.

‘The first is the high level of alcohol. The second is the fact you were going to pick up your son from school and the third is that you knew you would be driving in an area where there will be children.

‘But we have suspended your sentence for a year.’

Scearce must carry out 200 hours of unpaid work over the next year, has been disqualified from driving for three years and was ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £80.