A mum was caught over the drink drive limit in a school car park after taking her five-year-old son to a dance class, a court heard.

Hairdresser Nicola Jones, 36, told police she’d drunk two glasses of wine earlier in the day after being caught in the car park at St Gregory the Great School, Cowley, on December 13 last year.

Tests at the police station showed she had 87 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath – around two-and-a-half times the legal limit of 35mcgs.

Her advocate, Angela Porter, told Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday that Jones was ‘extremely sorry’ about the incident.

Earlier, prosecutor Clare Barclay said a relative of Jones’ phoned the police on December 13 over concerns that she had been drinking. She had driven from Bicester to take her five-year-old son to a dance class at St Gregory the Great School in Cowley, picking up her sister, 13, along the way.

Police officers sent to the scene found Jones’ 2020-plate Mercedes C200 parked up. She and the two children were nearby.

Interviewed by the police, she said she’d had two large glasses of wine earlier that day before leaving to go to the dance class.

Appearing before the magistrates’ court, Jones, of Merganser Drive, Bicester, pleaded guilty to a single count of drink driving. She had no previous convictions.

She was fined £500 and ordered to pay £135 in costs and surcharge. The justices banned her from driving for 22 months.

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