A MUM who smashed into a parked car while driving her toddler son after she necked six cans of beer has walked free from court.
Kelly Whitehouse, 30, was seen plucking the two-year-old from her Vauxhall Astra after hitting the car just yards from her home.
Police were called after the mum was seen darting inside her property – leaving the damaged car on the street in Warrington, Cheshire.
Tests showed Whitehouse had 114 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.
The mum, who only passed her test last year, avoided jail after she admitted driving with excess alcohol.
She was instead handed a 12 month community order and banned from driving for two years after arguing she was getting help for alcohol issues.
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Warrington Magistrates' Court was told Whitehouse had been "swerving" on the road moments before she hit the parked car.
The housewife had downed six cans of Budweiser before getting behind the wheel with her toddler inside at around 7pm on Halloween.
JPs were told Whitehouse is a full-time carer for her mother and two young children.
Her lawyer Victoria Frampton said she had called for help with her drinking the next day and is now part of Alcoholics Anonymous.
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She added: "There is no harsher punishment than the one she has given herself."
As well as the community order, Whitehouse was ordered to complete ten rehabilitation activity days and a six month alcohol treatment programme.
She will also have to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work and pay £234 in costs and a victim surcharge.
Sentencing, District Judge Jack McGarva told her: "This is a really quite shocking case.
"You’ve drunk a lot of alcohol over the course of the day and it seems that you got yourself in such a mess with alcohol that you were not able to recognise that there was no prospect of being fit to safely drive.
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“You got in the car with your little one, a two-year-old child, and you drove to a poorly and bad standard. And that with a child in the car.
"You were a danger to yourself and your child and other people on the road."
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