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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Barrow drink driver crashed with children in car

A BARROW woman crashed while more than twice the drink drive limit with two children in her car.

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Helen Kennedy leaving Furness Magistrates’ Court in Barrow. February 13 2014

Helen Kennedy, of Ferry Road, Barrow, admitted drink driving and exposing children “in a manner likely to cause them unnecessary suffering or injury to health” when she appeared before Furness Magistrates yesterday.

The court heard how Kennedy, 38, had crashed into a traffic light close to the Dock Museum in Barrow at 2.45am on January 30.

She was spotted by a passing taxi driver who stopped and saw the two children standing at the side of the road in their pyjamas. The taxi driver described Kennedy as being “very upset’’.

Police were called and Kennedy was breathalysed.

She was found to have 98mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

Prosecuting, Mrs Lisa Hine said that Kennedy was fully co-operative when questioned by police and had confirmed she had been the driver of the car.

Kennedy said the incident had been “completely out of character’’.

The children were taken to hospital to be checked. One of them was uninjured but one had some bruising.

Mrs Hine said Kennedy told police she had been through some personal difficulties in the previous 12 months.

Mr Tristan Roberts, defending, said: “This was a one-off incident.’’

As Kennedy wept in court Mr Roberts continued: “As you can see, she is very ashamed of herself. She has never been before a court before.’’

Magistrates decided to adjourn sentencing to February 25 to allow pre-sentence reports to be prepared.

They imposed an interim driving disqualification and imposed bail conditions that ban Kennedy from having unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 16.

Have your say

'not surprised' are you the new girlfriend then??? stop being stupid by trying to make more of the situation than it was. wind your neck in and let the court decide (which they will) and no, im not condoning drink drivers AT ALL.. I agree with ALI that the Evo mail shouldn't allow comments for certain stories.

Posted by sue on 25 February 2014 at 14:33

"Don't judge someone until you've walked a mile in their shoes." Have some compassion for a fellow human being. No one knows what lead to this woman's actions or how her actions have affected her's and her families life. She has pleaded guilty it's apparent from the article she is remorseful, let her face her punishment and move on from it. I too wish her peace.

Posted by hand to hold on 23 February 2014 at 19:45

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