Drunk mother who takes son (7) to a beach in North Wales banned from driving for three years

Sadie Smith, of Meols, Wirral, pictured, was banned from driving for three years, given a 12-month community order and ordered to complete 300 hours of unpaid work after admitting drink-driving to the Wrexham Magistrates' Court

Sadie Smith, of Meols, Wirral, pictured, was banned from driving for three years, given a 12-month community order and ordered to complete 300 hours of unpaid work after admitting drink-driving to the Wrexham Magistrates' Court

Drunk mother, 47, was four times the legal limit when she plowed roundabout while driving her seven-year-old son 40 miles to the beach before being noticed slurping her words at McDonald’s

  • Sadie Smith, 47, was spotted tripping at a McDonald’s drive-in on March 19th
  • She drove 40 kilometers to the beach in North Wales with her seven-year-old son
  • A witness, concerned about her behavior, contacted police who rushed to the scene
  • Smith, of Meols, Wirral, was banned from driving for three years by magistrates

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A drunk mother drove four times over the legal limit to take her seven-year-old son 40 kilometers to the beach.

Sadie Smith, 47, was spotted at a McDonalds drive-thru, stumbling around and ‘slurping her words’.

A court heard that Smith had set out to find a beach with her son in her Saab Index after drinking the night away.

Sadie Smith, of Meols, Wirral, pictured, was banned from driving for three years, given a 12-month community order and ordered to complete 300 hours of unpaid work after admitting drink-driving to the Wrexham Magistrates' Court

Sadie Smith, of Meols, Wirral, pictured, was banned from driving for three years, given a 12-month community order and ordered to complete 300 hours of unpaid work after admitting drink-driving to the Wrexham Magistrates' Court

Sadie Smith, of Meols, Wirral, pictured, was banned from driving for three years, given a 12-month community order and ordered to complete 300 hours of unpaid work after admitting drink-driving to the Wrexham Magistrates’ Court

Dashcam footage captured her erratic driving – before plowing over a roundabout and a grass verge.

The footage shows her narrowly missing a road sign as she attempted to drive from Meols, Wirral, to Flint, North Wales.

Prosecutor Helen Tench said a concerned witness called police on March 19 when they saw her car lurching on the road.

Smith, who wept as she watched the footage in court, was arrested after he was found in the McDonald’s restaurant in Flint Retail Park.

Magistrates in Wrexham heard she ‘tripped over the drive-through’ and gave a breath reading of 139 – the legal limit is 35.

The court heard that Smith had been drinking the night before and had some alcohol in the hours before she left.

Mother-of-one Smith swerved on roads before landing on the grass verge along the A548 before continuing on.

According to the court, it was ‘fortunate’ that she had not caused a serious accident.

Stephen Edwards defensively said it was “a real wake-up call” for Smith, who had used alcohol “as a crutch” to solve problems.

He said she felt the pressure to be a single mother during the Covid-19 pandemic, balancing the sudden need to work from home and raise her young son.

The court heard that the combination of issues resulted in her “hit the bottle.”

Tracey Flavell, the probation officer, said Smith was “clearly” not thinking about the ramifications of her actions that day.

Smith crashed her Saab convertible into a road sign after missing the exit to Flint, North Wales

Smith crashed her Saab convertible into a road sign after missing the exit to Flint, North Wales

Smith crashed her Saab convertible into a road sign after missing the exit to Flint, North Wales

The court heard she accepted that “by doing something nice for her son” she “was putting lives on the line.”

Ms Flavell said Smith “has found it difficult to ask for help” but is now seeking support through her community.

The court also heard how the charges led to Smith losing her 23-year career.

Bank chairman Judge Jacqui Jones labeled Smith’s actions “dangerous” and banned her from driving for three years.

She said: ‘It was pure luck that you did not cause a fatality when you drove more than 30 miles with your seven-year-old son in the car in a very dangerous and erratic manner.

“Those images played today undoubtedly shocked you, your family and us – the magistrates.

“You could have gone to jail today, but you’ve made significant efforts to deal with your alcohol problems yourself.

“We believe you will be the last to make those changes and not appear in these courts again.”

Smith, of Meols, Wirral, was given 12 months community service and must do 300 hours of unpaid work.

Source: New feed