Drink-drive mother spared jail

A mother from North Yorkshire who crashed her car with her 8-year-old son in the passenger seat while she was almost 3 times over the drink-drive limit has been spared jail.

Magistrates told Sharon Wharton: "You are fortunate you are in the magistrates' court today, not a coroner's court."

Selby Magistrates' Court heard that Wharton crashed her silver Ford Mondeo into a bollard in Sherburn-in-Elmet, North Yorkshire, on January 3.

When police arrived they found neither the defendant nor her son were injured but Wharton was not able to give a breath sample.

Wharton, from Thorpe Willoughby, near Selby, was given a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months and she was ordered to observe a curfew for 12 weeks.

She was also required to do 250 hours of unpaid work and banned from driving for three years.