Mum busted after drinking behind the wheel when 12-year-old daughter rang police

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Alison Traynor had previous drink-drive convictions in 2009, 2011 and 2021 -Credit:CT Mark Radford

A mum was caught behind the wheel of a car after drinking alcohol after her daughter called the police on her. Alison Traynor, of Rosecroft Drive in Daybrook, then failed to provide a sample at the police station, having blown over the limit when she was asked to on the road on April 3.

Nottingham Magistrates' Court heard how single mum Ms Traynor had felt pressured by her 12-year-old daughter, who has additional needs, to buy her something from the shop. But the shop was out of stock of the item.

When she revealed the news to her daughter “all hell broke loose” outside and Ms Traynor turned to drink before getting behind the wheel of her white Nissan Duke. Her daughter called the police, who turned up and arrested her after she blew a reading of 74mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath - nearly twice the legal limit.

She appeared at court on Friday, May 3 for sentencing after pleading guilty to failing to provide a sample on April 5. Throughout the hearing she sobbed as evidence was read out.

Mitigating, her defence solicitor Nadir Prabatani said that Ms Traynor had been “battling” to try and find support and a diagnosis for her daughter, who has significant difficulties. He said only since her charge had social services become involved.

Ms Traynor, 39, had previous convictions for drink driving in 2009, 2011 and 2021. Giving her credit for her guilty plea at the first opportunity but noting her previous convictions and the aggravation of her daughter being in the car at the time, magistrate Eleri De Gilbert handed her an eight-week jail sentence reduced from 12 weeks, suspended for 12 months.

She told Ms Traynor: "You were putting an awful lot of people at risk." De Gilbert also banned Ms Traynor from driving for five years and ordered her to pay total costs of £239.

At the end of the hearing, Ms Traynor told the judge: "I'm sorry and I'm grateful for your understanding. I am very sorry. So sorry."