A Coventry mother has been sent to jail for drunk driving and a high speed crash with her baby son in the vehicle. Tania Chikwature had driven from Coventry and was approaching Peterborough on the A605 on the 12 December when she overtook a lorry and crashed into a roundabout.
Video footage of the accident showed the 32-year-old mum crossing white lines to get past the truck. As it ploughed into the roundabout, the Nissan Qashqai SUV flew high into the air before hitting a crash barrier on the other side and then skidding down the road on its roof.
Giving evidence at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court, Richard Jones, the lorry driver who witnessed the smash, said it was the worst he had seen in more than three decades and he never expected anybody to survive. Chikwature’s 19-month-old son was saved from the impact as he was strapped in a child’s seat.
After the crash, Chikwature allegedly refused to take a breathalyser test. Using the results of one given four hours later in hospital, police estimated the woman had a blood alcohol content of 246mg to 100ml and over three times the legally permitted limit for driving.
At an earlier hearing, Chikwature said she had probably been knocking back vodka before the crash. Noting that it was lucky nobody had died, Judge Ken Sheraton jailed Chikwature for a total of 38 weeks for dangerous driving and drunk driving. She also got three-year driving bans for each of the convictions.