Drink-driver imprisoned after flipping car with toddler in the back


A drink-driver has been jailed after flipping her car with her toddler in the back seat.

Tania Chikwature, 32, had drunk a bottle of vodka, taking her to more than three times the limit when she crashed her Nissan Qashqai SUV on a roundabout in Cambridgeshire.

Dashcam footage showed her dangerously overtaking a lorry by crossing the white line, before her car mounted a roundabout and was thrown 14ft into the air.

Despite the severity of the impact and the fact the car came to rest on its roof, the 20-month-old toddler was unharmed, while Chikwature sustained unspecified injuries.

According to the Press Association, Chikwature refused a breath test at the scene, but police used a blood test reading taken four hours later to calculate that she had 246mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood at the time of the accident – more than three times the legal limit of 80mg per 100ml.

Chikwature, of Butterfly Way, Coventry, admitted drink-driving and dangerous driving, before being sentenced to 26 weeks' imprisonment at Peterborough Magistrates' Court on Monday. She was also ordered to pay £115 costs and banned from driving for three years.

Sarah Dunne, mitigating, said Chikwature was remorseful and of previous good character, but district judge Ken Sheraton told the defendant: "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."