Single mother Holly Woods had previously been spared jail after transporting £ 2,600 worth of cocaine and heroin to Cumbria.
The 33-year-old said she hid the drugs in a bag in her little girl’s car seat to pay off debts owed to her dealer.
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A judge agreed to suspend his prison sentence in September 2020 “only because” of his five-year-old daughter.
A second judge told her she belonged to the prison, but again spared her prison after skipping unpaid work sessions.
Now a third judge has given Woods a ‘last’ chance – because jailing him could mean his child will be placed in an institution.
Police spotted her driving a white Audi Q3 on Woolton Road in Wavertree at around 10:15 p.m. on April 26 this year.
Paul Blasbery, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court officers who stopped the car – containing three passengers – “could immediately smell the cannabis”.
He said: “The accused’s behavior was described as erratic and confrontational and she found it difficult to follow simple instructions. She eventually passed the blood alcohol test, but returned a positive indication for cocaine. ”
A blood sample taken later at a police station showed that Woods had 94 mg of the “cocaine breakdown product” benzoylecgonine per liter of blood. The legal limit is 50 mg.
Woods, of Grange Lane, Gateacre, has admitted to driving with drugs and violating his suspended sentence, imposed on November 6, 2020.
It was for possession of cocaine and heroin with the intention of delivering in a Ford Fiesta on the A591 in Kendal on December 27, 2019.
Woods, who admitted to having done two previous drug runs in Kendal, said she had “lost her moral compass” after using cocaine and alcohol and then being exploited by traffickers.
On the occasion, defense lawyers said her ex-partner could look after their daughter if she was imprisoned, but the child would suffer from her absence.
Judge Nicholas Barker handed him two years in prison, suspended for two years, with 180 hours of unpaid work and a six-month curfew.
In November 2020, for skipping four unpaid work sessions and breaking her curfew, she was fined £ 500.
Judge Thomas Teague, QC, said she was “incredibly lucky” to have avoided prison for drug trafficking and said: “Most of the women would be in Styal [women’s prison] now. ”
However, he said only because it was at a “relatively early stage” of the order that he would spare his prison again.
Defending John Weate said today that drug driving would generally not be punishable by jail time.
The lawyer, who said there had been a suggestion of an element of “excessive speeding” by his client, said she had taken cocaine on an earlier date and “had not used cocaine. cocaine then just got out and drove ”.
Mr Weate said Woods made sure she was ‘clean’ after her last conviction, but ‘stupidly at a friend’s birthday party’ took up cocaine again, but didn’t ‘had not done since.
He said she adhered to her previous curfew, despite a violation when her car broke down, for which she was fined which was withdrawn from her benefits.
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Mr Weate said she was the ‘sole caregiver’ of his now six-year-old daughter, with whom she ‘juggled’ her hairdressing job.
He said: “She’s at a crossroads. She is a young woman who has a lot going for her. She is a young mother. She is desperately remorseful that she is in this position.
“She doesn’t feel sorry for herself because she knows she’s put herself in that position. ”
He said Woods’ family lived in Spain and his child’s father saw their daughter twice a week, but he did not stay.
Mr Weate said: “She is concerned that the loss of her freedom will force local authorities to step in to at least make arrangements. ”
He said a “very close friend” sitting in the audience’s gallery would make “all necessary arrangements.”
The judge, Recorder Corbett-Jones, asked what arrangements had been made.
Mr Weate said: “The position is that the defendant made arrangements only for collection at the school today.
“It would then take a referral from the local authority if it were to lose its freedom, certainly if not today, in the coming days. ”
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Recorder Corbett-Jones criticized Woods’ behavior when an officer asked him to do alcohol and drug tests by the side of the road.
He said: “Your response to him was what is described as dismissive, telling him that ‘you couldn’t be pissed off with this’ and that you wanted to go home.
“You were told to stay and then you cooperated, but the fact that you behaved in such a confrontational manner with this officer, when you knew you were on a suspended sentence for trafficking of cocaine, is deeply unimpressive. “
The judge said Woods had been assessed by the probation service as “a low risk of reoffending” and “a realistic prospect of rehabilitation”.
He said she had completed her last curfew and a “substantial” amount of unpaid work, while character references revealed her “other side.”
Woods cried when the Corbett-Jones recorder said: ‘What weighs me down the most is the impact that it would have, if I send you into custody, on your six-year-old, who waits for her mom to come home tonight.
“There is, on the basis of everything I have read, a real risk that it will end up under the tutelage of the local authority. “
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He added: “For this reason, I decided that I would not do this. You must understand that there will be no other opportunity. “
Woods sobbed as he handed him a 12-month community order, with a four-month curfew, between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., and a 15-day rehab activity requirement.
He banned her from driving for 12 months and warned her: “You have come as close as you could have been to go into custody today and you will have no other opportunity. “
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