Drink-driver banned for 34 months after Killamarsh crash with kids

Chesterfield magistrates court.
Chesterfield magistrates court.
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A drink-driver has been given a suspended prison sentence after she was four times over the legal limit with her two children in her car when she crashed.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Tuesday how Karen Hogg, 40, was driving a Mercedez Benz when she narrowly missed an on-coming vehicle on Hut Lane, at Killamarsh, before colliding with a Vauxhall Astra.

Prosecuting solicitor Neil Hollett told a previous hearing: “A van driver saw the defendant’s vehicle all over the road and it took its time pulling out of a junction.

“It moved to the opposite side of the carriageway and narrowly missed another vehicle coming in the opposite direction.

“It then drove over white lines and collided with a Vauxhall Astra.”

The van driver approached Hogg’s vehicle after they had both stopped, according to Mr Hollett, and he checked she was okay before phoning the police.

Mr Hollett said police smelled alcohol on Hogg’s breath and they noticed her two children aged about three and six in the vehicle.

The defendant told police she had been to Crich Tram Museum and had had two pints of cider and had also been drinking the night before.

She also told police she felt terrible that her children were in the car.

Hogg, of Yew Tree Avenue, North Anston, Sheffield, pleaded guilty to exceeding the alcohol drink-drive limit after the incident on August 7.

She also pleaded guilty to two counts of being found drunk in charge of a child.

Magistrates sentenced Hogg to 25 weeks of custody suspended for two years with a rehabilitation activity requirement.

They also ordered her to pay an £80 victim surcharge, £85 costs and a £150 court charge.

Hogg was disqualified from holding a driving licence for 34 months.