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Pregnant woman convicted of drink driving

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A heavily pregnant woman was caught drink-driving a day before she was due to give birth.

Brooke Burton, 26, was stopped by officers as she drove through Uckfield, East Sussex on June 4.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “[She] revealed that she was due to go into hospital the next day to give birth so instead of immediately arresting Burton, officers called an ambulance and she was taken to hospital to be assessed.

“In the car with Burton were two adults who appeared drunk and her seven-year-old daughter.”

A breath test showed that Burton had 45 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of her breath.

She pleaded guilty to drink-driving, driving without insurance and driving without a licence and was handed a 14 month ban by Brighton Magistrates. The court also fined the defendant £255 and ordered she pay £235 costs.

Chief Insp Phil Nicholas, from the region’s road policing unit, said: “Burton selfishly decided to get behind the wheel after drinking and put not only her life and the lives of other road users at risk but even that of her daughter.

“A minority of drivers continue to think it is okay for them to drive and drive. We need the help of the community to get people like that off the roads.”

Burton was arrested as part of a summer drink-drive crackdown, one of several being co-ordinated by police forces across the country.

Lester Morrill’s road traffic solicitors can offer legal advice and representation to those facing drink-driving charges. For more details on how our Leeds-based solicitors can assist you, please contact us.