Gloucester mum admits drunken car crash on school run
A MUM-OF-THREE who crashed her car while taking her 11-year-old son to school at 8am was almost four times the drink-drive limit.
Michelle Brannigan, of Naunton Road, Coney Hill, mounted the pavement in her car and collided with another vehicle while a number of children were walking to school, a court was told.
The 36-year-old then intended to return home to pick up her other two children and take them to school, city magistrates heard on Monday.
A concerned passer-by noticed the windows of her Toyota were frosted up and her vision must have been "minimal."
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Brannigan, a former Dene Magna pupil, told police when she was arrested that she had been drinking until 1am.
She pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol.
Prosecuting solicitor Sharon Jomaa said: "It was 8am on January 13, a week day, when a witness saw the defendant driving in Coney Hill Parade.
"There were a number of schoolchildren on their way to school at the time.
"The defendant was seen to mount the pavement, turn straight into Coney Hill Parade without indicating and crash into another vehicle.
"A witness noticed that the defendant's car was all frosted up and there was minimal vision. The police were called and when they arrived on the scene they saw an 11-year-old boy, the defendant's son, in the passenger seat."
She said Brannigan failed a roadside breath test and a station breath test revealed 136 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit being 35.
Ms Jomaa added: "In police interview she said she had been drinking alcohol until 1am that morning and had three pints of cider and two Southern Comforts.
"She also said that she had intended to return home and take her other two children to school.
"The defendant has no previous convictions."
Warning Brannigan that custody would be considered, magistrates adjourned the case until February 23 at Cheltenham, when she will be sentenced.
The defendant was granted conditional bail and an interim driving ban was imposed.