Drink driver had kid in car

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An Ilkeston mum who drove a car while almost double the legal limit is hoping to avoid disqualification.

Police went to an address in Youlgreave, near Bakewell, at 4.30am in March following a report that Paula Rodger was going to drive following a row.

Magistrates at Chesterfield heard that Rodger, 39, drove a Ford Ka about 30 metres from the caller’s home.

“Her daughter was in the passenger seat. The defendant refused to take a roadside breath test and she was taken to Buxton police station,” said John Cooper, prosecuting.

Rodger went on to give a reading of 63mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath, the limit being 35mcgs.

She claimed she had left an address with her daughter following an argument as she needed to get out of harm’s way. She drove only a short distance and then sat in the car while waiting for a taxi.

Rodger, of Derby Road, Ilkeston, admitted drink-driving. She had a previous conviction for failing to provide a breath specimen for analysis.

The case was adjourned after she asked the justices to consider special reasons not to disqualify her, based on the short distance driven. Her application will be considered at a hearing on August 10.