Police were alerted after a car had been driven “badly” by a cocaine-user mum who’d picked up children from school, a court heard.

Magistrates at Llandudno were told Samantha Sprooles, aged 35, of Wellington Road, Rhyl, didn’t accept she was on her mobile phone or there was anything wrong with the standard of her driving.

But she pleaded guilty to drug-driving last September.

She was fined £200 with £119 costs and a 23 months ban imposed.

A probation officer said Sprooles had sought help for her addiction and was twelve weeks “clean.”

Prosecutor James Neary said police had been alerted by a welfare officer at a high school at Abergele.

A Citroen had been driven “badly” out of a school car park with the children inside the vehicle appearing upset.

Police went to the defendant’s home and she tested positive for cocaine.

Sprooles told the court the car was stationary when she was on the phone.