Mum caught driving on cocaine spared jail for third time because of daughter

A mobile hairdresser was spared jail after testing positive for driving whilst high on cocaine.

Single mum Holly Woods told police that she "couldn't be a****" to take a roadside drug test.

Woods had previously not been given a jail sentence in September 2020 after ferrying £2,600 worth of cocaine and heroine to Cumbria "only because" of her five-year-old daughter, the Liverpool Echo reports.

A second judge subsequently told the 33-year-old that she belonged in prison, but again spared her jail.

A third judge has now given her a final opportunity as jailing her could mean that her child goes into care.

Police stopped her car after spotting her "erratic" driving in a white Audi Q3 on April 26.

Prosecutor Paul Blasbery told Liverpool Crown Court that the officers who stopped the car which had three passengers "could smell cannabis immediately".

He said: "The defendant's behaviour was described as erratic and confrontational and she was struggling to follow simple instructions. She ended up passing the test for alcohol, but returned a positive indication for cocaine."

A blood sample later taken at a police station showed Woods had 94mg of "cocaine breakdown product" benzoylecgonine per litre of blood. The legal limit is 50mg.

Woods, of Grange Lane, Gateacre, admitted drug driving and being in breach of her suspended sentence, imposed on November 6, 2020.

That was for possessing cocaine and heroin with intent to supply in a Ford Fiesta on the A591 to Kendal on December 27, 2019.

Woods, who admitted making two previous drug runs to Kendal, Cumbria, said she had "lost her moral compass" after bingeing on cocaine and booze, then was exploited by dealers.

Judge Thomas Teague, QC, commented she was "incredibly lucky" to have avoided jail for drug running and said: "Most women would be in Styal [women's prison] by now."

The judge said Woods was assessed by the Probation Service as "a low risk of reoffending" and "realistic prospect of rehabilitation".

Woods cried as Recorder Corbett-Jones said: "What weighs most heavily on me is the impact it would have, of me sending you into custody, on your six-year-old child, who is expecting her mother to come home this evening.

"There is, on the basis of everything I have read, a real risk that she would find herself placed within the care of the local authority."

Woods sobbed as he handed her a 12-month community order, with a four-month home curfew, between 8pm and 6am daily, and a 15-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement.

He banned her from driving for 12 months and warned: "You've come as close as you possibly could have done to going to custody today and you won't have another opportunity."

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