A barmaid who left a young boy scarred for life after drunkenly crashing her BMW while nearly three times the legal limit was spared jail.
Terri Parker, 31, left the six-year-old with a broken arm, broken leg, and a cut to the forehead after crashing her 320D SE into a stationary vehicle and then a fence while speeding around a bend.
Inquiries revealed that the crash occurred while the boy and a six-month-old child, who escaped unharmed, were passengers in the back of the BMW.
A court heard that the boy, who was not wearing a seatbelt, now has a “significant scar” on the side of his face and walks with a limp.
Parker, from Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, who had been looking after the youngsters later claimed she had been binge drinking after the death of her new-born daughter.
Tests showed she had 238 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood in her system, the legal limit being 80mg.
Parker pleaded guilty to drink driving and two charges of being drunk in charge of the children, both of whom cannot be identified for legal reasons, at Warrington Magistrates’ Court.
She was sentenced to eight weeks in prison, but the sentence was suspended for a year.
According to Prosecutor Emily Comer, police were called by ambulance services after an accident on Thornton Road in Ellesmere Port around 9 p.m. on April 10, this year.
‘The report related to a traffic collision,’ Miss Comer said. ‘The vehicle had been seen speeding around a corner. Police vehicles attended the scene.
‘A white BMW had crashed into a parked vehicle causing substantial damage.
‘She was clearly intoxicated. There were two young children with her, one of the children was six months old and the other six years old.
‘The six-year-old sustained injuries requiring attendance at hospital.
‘The injuries sustained included a broken arm, a broken leg and cut to the forehead. Medical treatment was received.
‘The defendant provided a breath test reading of 107mg at the roadside. The drink drive procedure was completed at Chester Hospital where blood was taken.
‘The reading was 238 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood. The defendant gave a no-comment interview.’
Parker had no prior convictions, according to the prosecutor. She went on to say that the drunk-driving offense was aggravated by the injury of a child.
Parker’s solicitor, Peter Barnett, stated that she had been binge-drinking due to the trauma of losing her newborn daughter six months prior.
‘Prior to the birth she was a social drinker,’ he said. ‘She occasionally went out and had acceptable levels of drink. She did not drink to excess. However, when the girl died she was left suffering from anxiety and depression.
‘She accepts that she was binge-drinking at the time and clearly this was an example of binge-drinking.
‘She did not think through the consequences of what she was doing. It was poor decision-making.
‘She did not have a coat for the boy. The push chair was in the boot of the car but instead of getting it out of the boot to walk home she decided to drive the two or three streets home.
‘She clearly collided with a parked car, accelerated by accident and crashed into a fence.
‘Nobody could be more remorseful than her and she has accepted that she has caused the scar.
‘I would struggle to argue [it] does not cross the custody threshold but you have to consider whether it can be suspended. My argument is that it can be suspended.
‘She was suffering anxiety and trauma resulting from a significant incident in her life. With the trauma, the lack of previous convictions, the clear remorse, I would argue that the sentence can be properly suspended.’
Mr Barnett said: ‘She is not minded to consider driving in the near future. Even after the period of disqualification ends she may not want to consider driving for several years. She has also not had a drink since the incident – it has clearly had a significant effect on her.’
Parker must complete a 90-day alcohol abstinence monitoring program as well as 20 days of rehabilitative activity. She was banned from driving for two years and ordered to pay £274 in costs.
‘With regard to the excess alcohol offence, it’s quite a high reading, aggravated by the serious road traffic collision with two children in the car,’ said bench chairman Elizabeth Jeddes. One child was not restrained, and as a result, he was injured.
‘In looking at our guidelines and the aggravating factors, we believe that it has crossed the custody threshold – however, we believe that there is a realistic prospect of rehabilitation so we will suspend the sentence today.
That means you are not going to custody today.’