Coventry Mum Jailed For Dangerous Drink Driving

10 April 2017, 14:40 | Updated: 10 April 2017, 15:03

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A Coventry mum who had drank vodka and was 3 times over the limit has been jailed after flipping her car with her toddler in the back.

A drink-driving mother who smashed into a concrete roundabout island and launched her car 14ft into the air while her toddler was in the back has been jailed.

Tania Chikwature, 32, was more than three times over the drink-drive limit when she lost control of her Nissan Qashqai as she drove to a wake, Peterborough Magistrates' Court heard on Monday.

The defendant drank vodka the night before and a vodka bottle was found in the car, said Corinne Soanders-Silk, prosecuting.

A lorry driver who witnessed the crash said he did not think those in the car would survive it, and that the car cleared the roundabout and hit a tree before landing on its roof.

Chikwature's 20-month-old son was unhurt in the crash which was captured on dashcam footage as she illegally overtook a lorry on the approach to a roundabout on the A606 in Peterborough.

The defendant sustained unspecified injuries.

Chikwature, of Butterfly Way in Coventry, admitted drink-driving and dangerous driving at an earlier hearing.

District judge Ken Sheraton jailed her for 26 weeks and ordered a three-year driving ban.

He told the defendant: "It's only by luck and certainly by no judgement of yours that you're not here today facing far more serious charges, and you're fortunate that somebody didn't die in that accident."

Ms Soanders-Silk said the defendant was seen overtaking an HGV on the wrong side of solid white lines.

Lorry driver Richard Jones said, in a written statement, that he saw the car approaching ``at speed'' in his mirrors and had to brake to allow the car to complete the overtake manoeuvre.

She said the defendant refused to provide police with a breath sample at the scene, but agreed to give a blood sample four hours later in hospital.

Police, using a back calculation, found she had 246 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood at the time of the incident. The legal limit is 80 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood.

"She said she had been drinking vodka from 9pm to 1am the night before,'' said Ms Soanders-Silk. She said she didn't feel drunk."

Chikwature, a married stay-at-home mother, denied she had an alcohol problem.

"She did state 'I could have killed my son','" said Ms Soanders-Silk.

The incident happened on the A606 in Peterborough at around 11.40am on December 12.

Sarah Dunne, mitigating, said Chikwature was remorseful and of previous good character.

Chikwature was jailed for 26 weeks for dangerous driving and 12 weeks for drink-driving, to be served concurrently.

She was banned from driving for three years and ordered to pay £115 costs.