Norwich woman drove on wrong side of road with young son in the car while more than twice drink drive limit
PUBLISHED: 11:10 31 December 2016 | UPDATED: 11:10 31 December 2016
A woman was more than twice the drink drive limit when she drove on the wrong side of the road with her young son in the car as she approached a busy roundabout, a court has heard.
Kelly Robotham, 38, of Silver Street, Norwich, was spotted by police on Wroxham Road, Sprowston heading towards Norwich.
The Honda CRV she was driving was “swerving” and “ended up on the wrong side of the road when coming towards the Blue Boar roundabout”.
Officers then put in their blue lights and pulled the driver over.
Robotham, who struggled to get out, had a young boy, thought to be about two and a half years old in the back.
She failed a roadside breath test was arrested and underwent a further test which showed she had 78mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath. The legal limit is 35.
Robotham, of Silver Street, Norwich, appeared at Norwich Magistrates’ Court yesterday where she admitted drink driving on December 28.
Representing herself, a distressed Robotham, said she had not intended to drive and knew it was “really silly” but had gone to get cream for her son’s eczema which she had left at home.
She added: “It was a stupid error of judgement and I regret it.”
She was banned from driving for 22 months, fined £250, ordered to pay a £30 surcharge and £85 costs.
Robotham was not the only one dealt with in court for drink driving yesterday.
• Robert Goszczurny, 33, of Swan Lane, Harleston appeared before city magistrates where he admitted drink driving and driving a vehicle dangerously, after he drove past Harleston police station – in the same street where he lives – on December 1.
An officer working inside heard a noise described hearing what sounded like loud machinery, the court heard.
After looking out the window, the officer saw sparks coming from the front passenger-side wheel of Goszczurny’s Toyota Avensis. He was then found getting out of the car further down Swan Lane and was found to have 74 mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath.
Prosecutor Larissa Hutson said: “The car had effectively been driven on its rims, hence the sparks coming out of it.”
Arthur Balls, mitigating, said: “Before he set off the car was not in a dangerous condition. He had a space saving wheel on the car to get from A to B, it was whilst he was driving home he realised there had been a puncture and continued to drive.”
Chairman of the bench David Fairhurst handed Goszczurny a 20 month driving ban for the drink driving offence, and a 15 month ban for the dangerous driving, to run concurrently. He was also told he would have to complete 150 unpaid work, pay £85 in costs and an £85 victim surcharge.
Others in court included:
• Andrius Lapenis, 39, of Oval Road, Costessey, who was stopped by police on A11 at Ketteringham on December 23. He had 49mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath. Representing himself, Lapenis apologised for doing something which was dangerous it was “for me and other road users”.
He was banned for 14 months, fined £200, ordered to pay a £30 surcharge and £85 costs.
• Lucy Reynolds, 42, of Salhouse Road, Panxworth, was stopped by police on December 23 at High View Close, Blofield. She had 59 mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath. Representing herself Reynolds said she had “foolishly” got in her car following an argument.
She was banned from driving for 16 months, fined £150, ordered to pay a £30 surcharge and £85 costs.
• Lawrence Bird, 27, of Hammond Road, Great Yarmouth, was stopped by police on A47 Acle New Road on 24 December. He had 41 mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath. Bird, who represented himself and was apologetic, was disqualified for 12 months, fined £500, ordered to pay a £50 surcharge and £85 costs.
• Christopher Dida, 24, of The Avenues, Norwich, was stopped by police on Barker Street, Norwich, on December 26. He had 50 mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath. Dida, who also admitted not having an MOT certificate, was represented by Julian Harris who said his client was deeply embarrassed and ashamed.
Dida was disqualified for 14 months fined £520 ordered to pay a £52 surcharge and 85 costs.