Drunk Sutton mum arrested after driving her child to school


A headteacher called police after a mother was clearly drunk after driving her child to school, a court has been told.

Deborah Trapp (42) of Fisher Close, Sutton, was arrested and admitted that she had a bottle of wine the night before.

However, after blowing a reading of 124mcgs in 100mls of breath - three-and-half times over the limit - she later admitted at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court that she had also drunk half a bottle of vodka the night before and did not go to bed until 3am.

The court was told how Trapp was late for dropping her child off, and it later transpired that it was because she was unable to get her clothes on 
and had fallen down the stairs.

In mitigation, Yvonne Wragg, defending, said her client was ‘devastated about the event that had led to her arrest’.

She said that Trapp’s mother had passed away months before, and had been the victim of domestic abuse at the hands of her ex partner.

Miss Wragg said: “She has struggled with support and childcare.

“Her mother was her next child carer for her son and they were extremely close.

“She has had a rough time and has turned to alcohol.”

Banning her from driving for 30 months, giving her an eight-week curfew order, and making her pay £145 in costs, District Judge Diana Baker said: “It’s so serious that your alcohol reading was almost off the scale.

“You took your little boy to school when he was at real risk in that vehicle. The school has to be commended for the action they took.”