Angry Sunderland mum drove to ex-partners home while over twice the limit

An angry Sunderland mum drove to her ex-partner’s home while over twice the limit – with her seven-year-old daughter in her car.

Part-time receptionist Leigh Potts, 35, then attacked his new girlfriend, leading to an undignified fight in his front garden in Portsmouth Road, Pennywell.

She exploded into drunken violence over one-off childcare arrangements on Wednesday, December 30, magistrates in South Tyneside heard.

Potts, of Flodden Road, Ford Estate, had allowed the former couple’s three-year-old daughter to spend the night with him and his new flame for the first time.

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But after consuming booze, she decided against it and jumped into her Peugeot 308 to drive to get her.

Magistrates branded her a danger for doing so – and banned her from driving for 20 months.

Prosecutor Lorna Rimell said: “She had made arrangements with her ex-partner for their daughter to stay with him and his partner.

“But she changed her mind and said that she wanted her daughter to come with her. She drove to his home with her seven-year-old daughter.

“Her former partner’s new partner was present. The defendant went for her and grabbed her hair.

“Both fall over in the garden. There’s a fight. The victim suffered a scratch to her head and a cut to her finger.

“The defendant’s ex-partner feared she was going to drive away and tried to grab the car keys.

“The defendant has grabbed his new partner again.”

Potts pleaded guilty to drink-driving and assault by beating.

She gave a breath test reading of 75mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

Ian Cassidy, defending, said: “It was a very unwise decision by Ms Potts.

“It was the first time their three-year-old daughter had been away with her ex-partner and his new girlfriend.

“She had rung up to check that all was ok. When she made the call, the new partner was quite argumentative.

“She made a very foolish decision, she said that she was going to go to get their daughter.

“She had drunk, but when she had drunk she had no intention to drive.

“When she got there, there was an altercation at the door. She accepts that she has grabbed her by the hair and there’s been a tumble.”

Potts was also ordered to pay her victim £50 compensation, and there were £85 court costs and a £34 victim surcharge.

She was handed a 12-month conditional discharge for the assault.

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