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Woman Fails To Learn Lesson

Friday August 23 2013


Barnsley Magistrates' Court Barnsley Magistrates' Court


A WOMAN who jumped in a car straight after getting an interim driving ban has been given a 16-week jail sentence, suspended for a year.

Heather Gardner, 53, went back to the car which had been left on a main road and decided to move it around the corner where it was safer, Barnsley Magistrates' Court was told.

Gus Kennedy, defending, said Gardner had been arrested the previous day for drink driving. He said she had expected her ex-husband to pick up their grandchild from school and had a drink.

When he did not turn up, Gardner 'unwisely' got in the car and did the school run.

Mr Kennedy said: "She was arrested and locked up at the police station for being stroppy. She had a poor night's sleep in the cells and was given the interim driving ban at court.

"When she was in court, she did not pay attention to what was being said.

"Her ex-husband said he would meet her where the car had been left after the hearing. When Mrs Gardner got to the car, it was unlocked, the key was in the ignition and her handbag was on a seat.

"She got in the car to get her handbag but decided to move the car."

Chantel Lowery-Green, prosecuting, said: "Having been released from court, Mrs Gardner went back to the car to move it."

Gardner, of Middlestones, George Street, Little Houghton admitted driving while banned, being twice the drink drive limit, having no insurance and test certificate.

She was banned from driving for three years, given a 20 week curfew and ordered to pay £85 in costs and a victim surcharge of £80.

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Reply Posted by Caroline on Friday August 23 2013 at 13:18
Doing the school run when drunk??? Pffffff serves herself right!!!!

Reply Posted by barry on Friday August 23 2013 at 13:21
serves her reyt nowt darn for her picking kids up whilst on the pop ...

Reply Posted by Collet on Friday August 23 2013 at 15:41
If that had been a bloke,he would definitely gone darnt line en lost his job en owt else the could ev taken off him.

Reply Posted by Fred on Friday August 23 2013 at 23:31
Banned from driving for drink driving (whilst picking the kids up)

She will NEVER ever get insurance again - mind you, she probably never had it in the 1st place.

Reply Posted by max on Saturday August 24 2013 at 00:11
so let me get this straight... She had NO insurance, NO test certificate, was banned from driving for being over the alcohol limit, and she STILL got in the car to collect children..???? Whilst again under the influence??? This woman needs locking up. Period. How many lives did she put at risk? Pathetic sentence!!

Reply Posted by Aidan on Monday August 26 2013 at 04:53
a victim surcharge to whom? there is no 'victim'

Reply Posted by haha on Thursday August 29 2013 at 20:16
Haha shes a horrible woman she deserves all she gets the silly old hag

Reply Posted by Andrew grant on Thursday January 9 2014 at 03:48
I totally agree with MAT that stupid low life needs locking up for life ! I Can't believe she could be so cruel to put children's life at risk ... She must have done something like bribe the judge and police. Anyone else would have had a prison sentences for just having no insurance, nemind no MOT, TAX or INSURANCE