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Drink-driver stopped the day before she was due to gave birth

By Ben Mitchell

Police have released video footage of the arrest of a pregnant woman who was caught drink-driving with her daughter in the car on the day before she was due to give birth.

Brooke Burton was stopped by officers as she drove in her home village of Uckfield, East Sussex. A Police spokesman said: "The 26-year-old revealed that she was due to go into hospital the next day to give birth so instead of immediately arresting Burton, officers called an ambulance and taken to hospital to be assessed.

"In the car with Burton were two adults who appeared drunk and her seven-year-old daughter."

The video footage shows officers speaking to Burton and explaining that an ambulance would be called as they did not consider it appropriate to take her to the police station.

A breath test showed that Burton had 45 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres.

She pleaded guilty to drink-driving, driving without insurance and driving without a licence and she was banned at Brighton Magistrates' Court from driving for 14 months, fined £255 and ordered to pay £235 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Chief Inspector Phil Nicholas, of Sussex and Surrey roads policing unit, said: "A minority of drivers continue to think it is ok for them to drink and drive. We need the help of the community to get people like that off the roads."

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