Drunk mum crashes with kids in car
A mother accused of drink-driving attempted to drive off after crashing into a power pole with three young children in her car.
The 28-year-old woman hit the pole in Bower Ave, Christchurch, about 2.20pm yesterday.
Police say she recorded a breath alcohol reading of 1409 micrograms per litre of breath.
The legal breath-alcohol limit is 400mcg for drivers over 20.
Canterbury road policing manager Inspector Al Stewart said there were three children in the car under the age of five, including one who was unrestrained.
''Fortunately the vehicle was travelling slowly and nobody was injured, but this driver is recklessly putting children's lives at risk by driving drunk and not using restraints.''
Stewart said the driver initially attempted to drive off after hitting the power pole, but was stopped by a member of the public who reached in, removed the car keys and called police.
''It is absolutely and totally unacceptable... she has shown no remorse, she is just charging ahead.''
Stewart said the driver was issued with an immediate suspension and has been charged with excess breath alcohol.
Further charges relating to the crash are likely.
Meanwhile, the case has also been referred to Child Youth and Family Services.
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