Drunk mum crashed car with her kids in it


A MUM who admitted drink-driving with her little girls in the car had one of the highest breath test readings a magistrate had ever seen.

Kelly Stenson, of Manor Farm Road, Crigglestone, was given a three-year driving ban at Wakefield magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Andy Wills, prosecuting, told the court how a member of the public had phoned the police after finding Stenson’s blue Toyota Aygo, which had smashed into some metal gates, abandoned on Painthorpe Lane at around 4pm on January 18.

Police arrived to find the 30-year-old and her children, aged just six and three, near the car.

The court heard how the children were ‘upset and distressed,’ and a roadside breath test read 171 mcgs in 100 mls of breath.

She later tested 151 mcgs in 100 mls of breath at the police station – the legal limit is 35 mcgs in breath.

Stenson pleaded guilty at an initial hearing last month.

Roger Clapham, defending, told magistrates that Stenson had been having ‘marital problems’, which had since been resolved, financial problems and that she had recently lost her grandmother and had consumed half a bottle of vodka on the day of the incident.

He added: “It happened once and once only, and because of what happened since, and the time spent in police cells, it will never happen again.”

The court heard how Stenson was voluntarily working with Turning Point and a group called Lifeline to tackle her alcohol use and depression.

Stenson was given a three year driving ban, 12-month community order, with a 30-day activity programme requirement, and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Chairman of the bench Stuart Swallow, said: “The reading that was gathered was the highest one I have ever come across in court, and that’s saying something.”

“You must’ve been very drunk that day, but took a small child out in the car, collected another one and drove when you would’ve had no ability to control that car whatsoever.

“At another time or another place around a school, the consequences are unthinkable and if that was the case you would be facing far tougher charges than you are.”