A woman was said to be more than three times over the alcohol limit when pulled over by police and she was driving with a child in the vehicle.

Police stopped the motorist at around 9pm on Thursday (December 15) in Market Street, Whitworth.

The 48-year-old was arrested after she blew 119 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath in the road side alcohol test, which is more than three times the legal limit for alcohol of 35mcg.

A child, who was seated in the back of the car, was taken home by police officers.

A police spokesperson said there is “never” an excuse for drink driving.

They said: “There can never be any excuse for drink driving regardless of what time of year it is.

“Placing a child in danger by not being in proper control of a vehicle is also irresponsible.

"It's also important to consider what other duties officers could be dealing with instead of having to deal with people who place themselves in situations that are avoidable.

“We're often criticised for not having enough patrols but sometimes it's due to situations like this, where one patrol is in custody and another had to take the children home.

“That's two units that could have been patrolling our borders with GMP looking for criminals or responding to emergency calls.”