A mom who got drunk off of vodka appeared in court on Monday for sentencing, after she jumped her car 14-feet in the air, flying over a circle of traffic in Peterborough, England.
Cambridge police reported that Tania Chikwature, 32, lost control of her Nissan Qashqai in December, after driving with a blood alcohol level three times over the legal limit. A dash cam caught her speeding down a road, passing up another vehicle. When she tried to maneuver around a curve, her Nissan went flying in the air.
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Police found a vodka bottle in the car, along with her 20-month-old son in the back seat. The toddler was unharmed during the incident. Chikwature suffered “unspecified injuries.” The suspect admitted during a previous hearing that she was drinking while driving dangerously.
Judge Ken Sheraton ordered Chikwature to serve 26 weeks in jail for dangerous driving and an additional 12 weeks behind bars for driving while intoxicated. She also must refrain from driving for three years. Sheraton reminded the suspect of how lucky she was that her child and others were unharmed.
“It’s only by luck and certainly by no judgment of yours that you’re not here today facing far more serious charges, and you’re fortunate that somebody didn’t die in that accident.”
Richard Jones, a witness to the incident, wrote that the suspect flew past him on the road and that didn’t seem to have full control of the vehicle.
“The car seemed out of control and from the speed it came past me I knew it wasn’t making the roundabout. I saw it veer right and mount the concrete roundabout. I remember thinking as it launched into the air: ‘They’re not going to make it.’”
After police arrived to the scene, Chikwature refused to take a breathalyzer test. Four hours later, while at a hospital getting treatment for her injuries, she agreed to a blood test. The results confirmed that she had “246mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood at the time of the incident.”
[Feature Photo: Cambridge Police]