Teacher reports drink-driving school worker who 'smelled of booze' and 'struggled to stand'

Agency worker Madeleine Larkin drove home from a school when more than three times the drink-drive limit. The 49-year-old, who has a previous conviction for drink-driving in 2018, was undertaking some work at Clayton Hall Academy when one of the teachers smelt alcohol on her breath.

Concerns were raised with the school's safeguarding officer and he noticed she was struggling to stand. Larkin walked out of school, got into her car and drove home.

Police went to her address and she was taken to custody where she was breathalysed and gave a reading of 118 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, more than three times the legal limit of 35. Now Larkin has been handed a 12-month community order and hit with a 45-month driving ban at North Staffordshire Justice Centre.

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Prosecutor Hannah Baddeley said Larkin attended Clayton Hall Academy at 9.20am on January 25 as she was undertaking some agency work there. Miss Baddeley said: "One of the teachers smelt alcohol on her breath and raised concerns. The school's safeguarding officer went to speak to her and took her to the reception area. She was struggling to stand.

"She walked out of the school, followed by the safeguarding officer. She got into her car.

"The police were called. They attended her property. They noticed she was unsteady on her feet and smelt strongly of alcohol. She said she had one drink the night before and nothing that morning.

"She was taken to custody where her lowest reading was 118 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, against the legal limit of 35."

Larkin, of Beresford Crescent, Newcastle, pleaded guilty to drink-driving. Mark Bromley, mitigating, said Larkin had an interview this week for the position of part-time English tutor for a Newcastle-based training provider.

As part of the community order Larkin must complete a rehabilitation activity requirement for up to 30 days.

District Judge Ian Barnes said: "Drink-driving is serious. Factors that make it more serious are you attending a school premises to work. You have a relevant previous conviction in 2018. You were noted to be unsteady on your feet. You were told not to drive but you did."

Larkin was fined £120 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £114 surcharge.

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