A nursery nurse has been banned from driving for nearly two years after being caught drink-driving while enjoying a rare evening away from her young daughter.
Kay Ruscoe, 34, tested more than twice the legal limit after losing control of her Vauxhall Astra while driving to a friend’s house after a 60th birthday party.
Ruscoe, of Prenton, Birkenhead, Merseyside, had arranged childcare for her three-year-old daughter in one of her first nights out in months but drank heavily at the bash before being invited to the friend’s home.
Police observed her driving through a junction, over the kerb, and nearly colliding with a fence.
At Wirral magistrates court she admitted driving with excess alcohol and was banned from driving for 22 months.
‘The officers became aware of a vehicle moving quickly and revving its engine. The driver then slammed on the brakes and missed a junction on Downham Road. The car then drove onto the pavement, almost crashing through some fencing.
‘The defendant’s vehicle was identified as a Vauxhall Astra.
‘The officers followed the vehicle down Downham Road and continued to drive in the same manner.’ It then became Parkside Road, and then Southwick Road.
‘It was parked at an angle and not in a bay. An officer approached the driver’s side of the vehicle and spoke to the defendant.
‘The officer could immediately smell alcohol coming from her breath and she was asked to turn off the vehicle’s engine.
‘The officers suspected that she was unfit to drive. She was therefore conveyed to the Belle Vale custody suite for breath tests. The lowest reading was 89 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 35mg.
‘She is of previous good character, she has no previous convictions.’
In mitigation Ruscoe’s lawyer Chris McMaster said: ‘She is thoroughly ashamed of what she did. She has lost her good character. She has never previously troubled the courts. She is a young mother, with a three-year-old daughter.
‘Her and the three-year-old daughter live together, just the two of them.
‘On this particular night, she was going to a 60th birthday party and she had arranged some childcare.
‘It was one of the few nights out she had had for some time.
‘After going to the party, she went home and was invited to another friend’s house. She was driving from Prenton to Rock Ferry. It was a 10-minute drive at the most.
‘She decided to drive to the friend’s house after having had a couple of drinks at the birthday party.
‘She was over the limit.
‘When she was stopped, she admitted she should not have done it. She also used a curse word because she was ashamed of what she had done. It was completely uncharacteristic.’
Ruscoe works part-time at a nursery where her daughter attends, according to Mr McMaster.
The solicitor added: ‘She is aware that she will inevitably lose her driving licence which will cause her difficulties with childcare and other matters, but she will have to make arrangements. She will have to manage.
‘I ask that you limit the disqualification because of her hitherto good character, and she has pleaded guilty.
‘She is a working mother. She hopes to never return to the courts.’
Ruscoe was also fined £120 and was ordered to pay £168 in costs and victim surcharge.