Drink-driving Newcastle mum Emma Poole banned from roads
A YOUNG mother who was caught drink-driving twice in two weeks has been spared jail.
Emma Poole, aged 28, was drinking too much due to family problems, North Staffordshire magistrates heard yesterday.
Prosecutor Geoff Gibson said police were called to Slaney Street, Newcastle, in the early hours of April 4 as a vehicle had been abandoned in the middle of the road.
"It was registered to Emma Poole," said Mr Gibson.
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"The police had dealings with her previously when she was in a drunken state and she was removed from one address to a friend's address.
"Police arrived and found the vehicle unoccupied and secure. There was damage to it and to other vehicles.
"The officers went to the address where they knew Poole had been taken to earlier.
"They went in and arrested her on suspicion of driving while unfit through drink.
"The defendant asked if she could have a cigarette and was refused. She began to thrash around and grabbed the officer on his hands and dug her nails in causing the skin to bleed."
In her police interview, Poole, left, admitted she had driven when under the influence of alcohol. She said she collided with other vehicles and left her car. She said she intended to deal with it in the morning.
She provided a sample of urine which was analysed and found to have 153 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of urine, nearly 50 per cent more than the legal limit of 107mg.
Two weeks later, on April 18, police were called to Duke Street, Newcastle, to a report of a car colliding with other vehicles.
"They located the defendant and she was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol," said Mr Gibson.
She was breathalysed and her lowest reading was 110 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, more than three times the legal limit of 35mg.
Poole, of Slaney Street, Newcastle, pleaded guilty to two charges of driving with excess alcohol, failing to report an accident and assaulting a police officer.
Mark Bromley, mitigating, said: "She went off the rails, drank too much and committed these offences."
He said the defendant is due to report for a rehabilitation and detoxification programme at the BAC Centre in Clayton today.
Mr Bromley added: "She has refocused her attentions to sorting out her alcohol problem."
Magistrates said they came close to sending Poole to prison. But they sentenced her to an 18-month community order with supervision and requirements to undertake the drink impaired drivers' programme and a one-to-one alcohol awareness course. Poole was also banned from driving for 28 months and ordered to pay £170 costs.