A MUM who crashed her car while drinking from a bottle of vodka BEHIND the wheel with her 20-month-old son in the back has been jailed.
Tania Chikwature, 32, confessed to police she had “probably been drinking vodka” at the wheel before crashing at a roundabout and flipping her car.
Her young son was shaken but amazingly was not seriously injured in the horror smash.
District Judge Ken Sheraton told Chikwature it was lucky she had not killed someone after she admitted charges at Peterborough Magistrates’ court.
He said: “It is only by luck, and certainly no judgement of yours, that you are not here facing more serious charges, and you are fortunate that someone did not die in that accident.”
Corinne Soanders-Silk, prosecuting, told the court that dashcam footage from a lorry showed Chikwature – who is still wearing a neck brace following the crash – had overtaken a lorry at speed.
She crossed double white lines in the road, which indicated there should be no overtaking.
The incident took place on the A605 near the Haddon services in Peterborough.
Soanders-Silk said Chikwature was driving from her home in Coventry to Peterborough on December 12 for a wake when her car hit the central reservation before smashing into the roundabout.
The lorry driver said the Chikwature’s Nissan Qashqai flew 12 to 14 feet in the air.
The driver said: “I thought ‘they are not going to make it’.
“The car flew 12-14 feet in the air, cleared the roundabout and hit a tree, landing on the roof on the other side of the roundabout. I could see utter devastation.
“In 32 years of driving, it is one of the most dangerous pieces of driving I have witnessed.”
Blood samples taken from Chikwature after the crash showed her alcohol level would have been at 246mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood – more than three times the legal limit of 80mg in 100ml of blood.
Defending, Sarah Dunne urged Judge Sheraton not to jail Chikwature, and said her son would be a victim as a result.
She said: “Nothing you can say or do that will come close to the guilt, shame and remorse she feels at the potential consequences her driving could have had, principally to her young son, but also to other road users.”
But Judge Sheraton said custody was the only option, and Chikwature would have been travelling at a high speed in the crash.
Chikwature was jailed for 12 weeks for driving with excess alcohol, and 26 weeks for dangerous driving, to be served concurrently.
She was also banned from driving for three years on each count, and ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge. -Newzim