A DRUG addict rang police and threatened to kill her ex-partner, a court heard.
Laura Mulvaney called police and claimed she was going to stab the man.
But when officers arrested the 24-year-old, she claimed it was a hoax to stop her spending more money on drugs.
Prosecutor Caroline McGurk told Sunderland Magistrates’ Court that Mulvaney rang police in September 19, saying she was in the Southwick area, had a knife in her sock and she was going to kill her ex.
Officers found her by The Green and recovered a butter knife from the sock on her left leg.
Mulvaney admitted she had been drinking heavily and had taken £160-worth of crack cocaine.
She also confessed that she called police in a bid to stop herself from buying more drugs and ending up in debt to drug dealers.
Mrs McGurk said: “She knew the police would lock her up because she had previously been locked up for carrying a knife and threatening her ex.
“They are actually good friends and she made the whole thing up.”
Mulvaney pleaded guilty to possession of a blade and breaching a crown court order.
Defending Mulvaney, who is now pregnant, Heather Bolton said: “Her drug addiction got out of hand in July. She started mis-using the drugs and things quite quickly escalated beyond control.
“To her credit, the last few weeks she has not touched any cocaine and significantly reduced her alcohol intake.”
District Judge Roger Elsey said he would spare Mulvaney from prison so she could seek treatment for her drug addiction.
“You are 26, you have 18 convictions, you are offending while you are subject to a crown court sentence and you are in breach of that sentence.
“There is one reason and one reason only why you are not going to prison today and that is because you are expecting a child and you need to come off drugs before that child is born.”
He imposed a 12-month community order with a nine-month drug rehabilitation requirement.
Mulvaney, of Hollinside Road, Nookside, was also given a 14-day electronically-tagged curfew between 7pm and 7am and ordered to pay £50 costs.