A businesswoman caught drinking on a night out with her PA tried to get around the road ban by saying she was suffering from ‘separation anxiety’ due to leaving her baby His 12-month-old son with his grandmother.
The mother of two Princes Elizabeth, 29, who was drinking, claims she just jumped behind the wheel of a Fiat 500 and drove home at 1am after she was overwhelmed by a PTSD ‘trigger’ set by her heard the boy’s cry late at night. night test call.
Police stopped her shortly after when a patrolman saw her speeding and ‘wobbling’ around the road with her car steering as if it were out of gear. Prince is said to have been heavily talkative and smelled of alcohol with tests showing she had 51 micrograms of alcohol in 100 milliliters of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.
Elizabeth Prince, pictured, claims she was activated after hearing her 12-month-old son cry on the phone, which is why she drove home almost twice the legal driving limit.
Prince, pictured, said she couldn’t call a taxi to take her home because the country was closed
Tameside Magistrates Court heard Prince, from Kearsley, near Bolton, Greater Manchester admitted drink-driving but asked for leniency to avoid a ban for ‘special reasons’
At Tameside magistrate’s court, Prince, from Kearsley near Bolton, Greater Manchester, who runs a tattoo parlor, admitted to drunk driving but asked for an exemption from execution for ‘special reasons’. JP refused and banned her from driving for 14 months.
The incident happened on January 31 last year during lockdown after Prince asked her mother to babysit while she met her PA, who was in her ‘social bubble’. During the evening at PA’s home, the couple drinks but trouble begins when Prince, who also has a nine-year-old daughter, receives a phone call from her mother Joanne, who says she is struggling to have a stable baby.
Prince told the hearing: ‘When he cried, it was my cause and I couldn’t leave him. I was once in a violent and abusive relationship and the violence took place in the presence of both my children and I was in the middle of it all.
‘The consequence of that was it left me with mental health issues including anxiety and PTSD. When I was assaulted during sex, my little boy was dropped making him cry and now I worry about separation.
‘That night my mother offered to have him so I could go to my friend’s house as she is also my PA for my tattoo business. I did it in the past because I was confident enough in my motherhood to leave that care to my mother..
‘I had a bit of a drink but then my mum called me to say she couldn’t deal with his problem. He was crying, I could hear him in the back and I got in the car because I just wanted to turn around.
‘I don’t think clearly when he cries – I just react and that’s something that’s going on. My anxiety spiked and triggered my PTSD and I was about to drive to my mom’s house.
‘I told the officer I was going to my mother’s house and I said call her and that I would come with my baby. I remember the officer saying that they might not keep me too long but they did keep me for quite a while. ‘
The court heard that Prince made no effort to call a taxi to take her home instead of driving
Police said Prince was seen driving her Fiat 500 dangerously, swerving across the street while the car was sluggish as if it were going too slow in high gear.
Asked why she didn’t hail a taxi, Prince said: ‘I couldn’t think of a sensible option because in that moment I heard my son crying and that was what caused me. Also with the door locked, I can’t imagine how long I waited for the taxi.
‘Before, when I called a taxi, I waited a long time. I don’t think, I just panicked and went to pick up my son from my mother’s house. ‘
Prince Joanne Prince’s mother said: ‘I called my daughter because I couldn’t get my grandson settled. He was quite distressed and poor, so I called my daughter.
‘He had never been in pain before but he was very worried when she left him and on this occasion he was in distress for about an hour or so and I needed to hug my daughter. “
But PC patrol officer Thomas Needham told JPs: ‘Miss Prince did not say why she made that journey and I am not aware of any emergencies she is involved in. She said she had two children, one year old and one nine years old, but gave no further details at the time.
‘I only knew about Miss Prince because she was speeding. The car jolted violently as if she had the wrong gear, she didn’t change any lanes and was worried about moving between lanes. I am concerned that she is likely to have a breakdown from alcohol or drugs and get her to stop.
‘I was at the scene and then to the police station. She is cooperative, talkative and in good spirits, she smells of alcohol and has a slight lisp. I can’t remember her saying she needed to go home to her son but maybe she did. ‘
Prince’s lawyer Kevin Batch says ‘there’s no Steve McQueen in Towering Inferno playing the hero of salvation today’ and that’s why she ‘needs to go home’
Mr Batch said: ‘Don’t forget, we are in the middle of a pandemic, taxis are hard to come by and you have to look at the back story’
Court heard Prince had previously had an abusive relationship with a former partner
Prosecutor Arshad Khan told JPs: ‘She never even intended to call a taxi. Is this such a crisis that the only option is to get in the car and take her baby when the grandma has taken care of the child on previous occasions? If the defendant had been out on a night out and had been drinking, she would have certainly taken the steps to book a taxi because it was the logical choice. ‘
But Prince’s lawyer Kevin Batch said: ‘Those who have children will know that they cry, that’s what children do. Sometimes they cry for a while and they can be soothed in a normal family and that works – but this is not a normal situation.
‘During an emergency, people aren’t thinking clearly and there’s no Steve McQueen in Towering Inferno playing the life-saving hero of the day. As far as this young woman is concerned, after everything she’s been through, this is a real-life emergency and she needs to go home.
‘Don’t forget, we’re in the middle of a pandemic, taxis are hard to come by and you have to look at the back story. Everything about this case says urgent. Maybe she needs to go home with her baby, all of which is appropriate for the emergency situation. ‘
The bench’s chairman Andrew Sokill said: ‘We had to look at whether there was a reason for the emergency but we have come to the conclusion that there is no compelling reason for you to drive. and there are other options at night. ‘
Prince was also fined £350 and ordered to pay £535 in costs and surcharges.
Prince was banned from driving for 15 months and fined £350 and ordered to pay £535 in costs and surcharges
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