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Norfolk police tweet after arresting drink-driver who had her son in the car

PUBLISHED: 11:50 23 June 2014 | UPDATED: 11:50 23 June 2014

Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, head of Roads Policing Norfolk and Suffolk. Picture: Denise Bradley

Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, head of Roads Policing Norfolk and Suffolk. Picture: Denise Bradley


Norfolk police have arrested a woman for allegedly driving while she was four times over the drink-drive limit with her three -year-old son in the car.

Police revealed the arrest in a tweet made by Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing which stated the woman was arrested at 5pm on Saturday as part of the summer drink- drive campaign.

The tweet, which went out late on Saturday night, said: “#tispol summer drink-drive campaign female arrested 4 times over the limit at 5pm. 3 yr old son in car too!! #neverlearn #fatal4”.

Yesterday, police were not in a position to reveal exactly where the incident had occurred but said that a 30-year-old woman from the Swaffham area was taken into custody at 6.30pm on Saturday after being charged with driving a motor vehicle when the alcohol level was above the limit.

She has been given conditional bail and will appear at King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court next month.

The arrest comes as police continue their summer drink drive crackdown, part of a Europe-wide campaign, which has coincided with the start of the World Cup and has seen an increased police presence on England match days in town centres throughout the county.

The head of roads policing in Norfolk and Suffolk, Chief Insp Chris Spinks, said: “Watching the football is a very social event, whether it is going to the pub or round to a friend’s house.

“Either way there can be more of a temptation for those driving to have a drink, but we would warn people not to do so. We would also warn motorists to think about whether they are safe to 
drive the morning after drinking.”

Police will be carrying out roadside checks at all times of the day and night, and breath-testing anyone who is stopped for a motoring offence.

Drink driving is one of the “Fatal Four” driving offences alongside speeding, using a mobile phone and seatbelt offences.

Results for last summer’s campaign revealed 174 drivers risked their lives and the lives of others by drinking and driving in Norfolk and Suffolk.

These motorists provided positive breath tests, or failed to give a specimen, during 
the latest drink-drive campaign which ran in both counties, and across the 
UK and Europe, throughout June.

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