Mother arrested after row with partner outside Northampton primary school

Northampton Crown Court
Northampton Crown Court

A mother who was arrested outside a Northampton primary school after she became involved in a heated argument with her partner has been ordered to complete 80 hours’ unpaid work.

Danielle Ashby, aged 29, of Axe Head Road, was sitting in the driver’s seat of a Mercedes A class in the car park of the primary school on May 18 when she became involved in a verbal altercation with another woman she was in a relationship with.

Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard on Thursday that a teacher witnessed the argument.

Julie Costello, prosecuting, said police were called to the scene and they asked Ashby to provide a specimen of breath as she was suspected of being drunk.

However, Ashby refused to provide a breath sample at the school or after she was arrested and taken to the Criminal Justice Centre.

Claire Fitzpatrick, mitigating, said Ashby had refused to provide a breath sample because she was “particularly upset” after the argument with her partner.

Ashby, who pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen for analysis, was disqualified from driving for 18 months. She must also complete 80 hours’ unpaid work and pay a victim surcharge of £60 as well as costs of £235.