A drunk driver who was on her way to pick up her six-year-old child when she crashed while four-and-a-half times over the legal limit has been spared jail.
Phillipa Jones, 32, crashed into a parked car on Colliery Row, Fence Houses, on Sunday, October 11, overturning her Peugeot 207, which came to a rest on its side opposite Chilton Meadows children’s nursery.
Jones had been driving to collect her daughter from a relative, when she crashed at 2.30pm, pushing the other car along the pavement.
She was pulled from the vehicle by witnesses, including the owner of the car she had collided with. Jones claims she had drank into the early hours, however, the stress of the incident led her to drink from a bottle of wine she had in her handbag, before police arrived.
Her alcohol reading of 162 microgrammes in 100ml of breath put her over the legal limit of 35 several times over.
After pleading guilty to driving with excess alcohol at an earlier hearing, Jones, of Station Avenue South, Fence Houses, returned to Sunderland Magistrates’ Court for sentencing.
She was handed a six-week prison sentence, suspended for a year and a 28-month driving ban, with fines and costs totalling £315.
Northumbria Police, which recently launched its annual drink-driving campaign, used the case to remind motorists that it will be targeting drink and drug drivers with extra patrols on the roadside.
Acting Chief Inspector Dave Little said: “This case is a timely reminder of the consequences of drink driving just three days into our Christmas campaign.
“We will not tolerate drink driving in any circumstances and we are glad that this offender will not be able to get back behind the wheel for another 28 months.
“She was lucky to be able to walk away from this crash without any serious injury to either her or a member of the public. Others may not be as lucky.”